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Students dance from CGEN to Singapore

​Former CGEN dance students now performing as part of dance mega-crew Hood Nation.

​For years Jessica Bradshaw, Sam Cosgrove, Phoenix Courtney and Sophia Kivela danced across the Creative Generation – State Schools Onstage (CGEN) stage as Queensland state school students, and now they are setting the world on fire as part of dance mega-crew Hood Nation.

Created by Brisbane's The Hood Dance Academy, the group have been rehearsing and performing for around 5 years with dancers of various experience levels, ages and dance styles all taking part.

In March, Hood Nation performed for the first time at the 2019 Arena international dance competition in Singapore, and placed third out of 16 teams.

Owner and Creative Director of The Hood Dance Academy, Jason Weiland, said the crew of 17 dancers trained for only a month prior to taking the stage in Singapore.

"We were all incredibly nervous about the performance, but once it was all over we knew that whatever the outcome we would be proud of what we had achieved," Mr Weiland said.

"The final result of third place was very exciting for the crew and our dance academy community, but best of all I think we all learnt so much about our own physical and mental strength."

CGEN Alumni, Phoenix Courtney said he became involved with Hood Dance Academy in 2018, after 9 years of performing in CGEN.

"I was initially very sad to say goodbye to CGEN as it changed my life so much, but I've found a home with Hood Nation and am definitely living my best life now as part of their dance family," Mr Courtney said.

"Jason has embedded a sense of comradery and respect within his academy, where we all really care for and support each other, which is what I always loved about CGEN,"

"I still speak to and even perform with many of my CGEN friends, and I will definitely be in the audience watching them perform this year."

CGEN returns to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July 2019.

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Last updated
10 June 2019