Remarkables Primary School pupils pose after demonstrating
their Jump Jam dance moves in Queenstown Airport on Friday.
Photo by James Beech.
Remarkables Primary School pupils brought Queenstown
Airport to a standstill on Friday with a surprise performance
of their Jump Jam skills to the sound of Greased Lightning,
before they boarded an aircraft to compete in Christchurch.
Hundreds of bustling passengers stopped in their tracks as
the 13 beaming girls from years 5 and 6 broke out their
choreographed and synchronised aerobic-style dance moves to
the familiar musical hit in the middle of the airport.
The pupils were Haley Adamson, Charlie Andrews, Nieve Collin,
Ella Jackson, Olivia McRae, Katya Moss, Jessie O'Connell,
Taylah Pedersen, Lucy Phillips,Alice Price, Sami Robertson,
Jessie Rowley and Isobel Wallace.
Teacher Lisa Moore, with four parents and family support,
accompanied the excited troupe to the South Island Regional
Jump Jam Competition to compete for the first time against
nine other schools in the Strictly Jump Jam category.
The creator of Jump Jam, Brent Fairweather, a two-time world
aerobic cham-pion and eight-time New Zealand aerobic
champion, was expected to be a judge in the Rolleston
Community Centre on Saturday.
The children from the Frankton school secured their place in
the regional heat by impressing organisers with their video
entry 10 weeks ago.
"These kids had to learn a routine off by heart and perfect
it with attitude and energy," Miss Moore said.
It was the first time they had entered and they did well to
compete against schools that had been doing it for years, she