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Berlin Mangu wins Sir Peter Blake Leadership award and gets ready for Champs in the US

Berlin Mangu is an incredibly talented hip-hop dancer who last week was the recipient of the prestigious Sir Peter Blake Leadership award.

Berlin was presented with this award, amongst other things, because of her astounding work and contribution to what was a beautiful J Rock performance at the end of last term, in which she choreographed the hip-hop group.

Berlin, who is a Year 8 student has been doing hip-hop for 2 and a half years and was previously a cheerleader and gymnast. When asked what she enjoyed about teaching the hip-hop routine for J Rock, she said, “Definitely seeing the whole group, not just hip-hop performers but Jazz and Contemporary grow and see them grow not just as people but also as dancers.”

She said that her favourite part about dancing is that you get to express yourself and really be who you are. She has just left for the United States of America to compete in the Hip Hop International Championships which is being held in Phoenix, Arizona over the course of 7 days, beginning this Sunday. She will be competing with her dance crew against other crews from around the world and will be rubbing shoulders with some of New Zealand’s very best including Bubblegum, Royal Family and Bradas who have all achieved honours at the Hip Hop Champs before.

It is known as the biggest week in hip-hop dance where the world’s best dancers unite and Berlin is sure to do exceptionally well. She is not only gifted on the stage, but off it she is one of the most humble and dedicated people you’ll ever get to meet. We wish her nothing but the best and know that her positive attitude and hard work have proven that she is the most deserved winner of the Sir Peter Blake award.

Shontelle Matano