Wai and Sera star on international stage

  • Published on September 13, 2019
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    Dora and the Lost City of Gold is out on 19 September.

    By Caitlin Rees-Smith

    Indro dancers Sera Momo and Wai Paikea are already establishing their dancing careers globally.

    Sera will appear on cinema screens next week as a feature dancer in the Dora the Explorer live-action film, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, which was filmed on the Gold Coast. After seeing a ‘dancers wanted’ ad on social media, the Indro Year 11 student auditioned for the role, which involved two weeks of intense, 14-hour filming days. The movie hits theatres on 19 September.

    Wai, who is in Year 10, has taught hip-hop classes nationally and internationally and was named Brisbane dance crew Homebase’s Female Dancer of the Year in 2017.

    The childhood friends have competed together in Mexico, Los Angeles, Houston, and New Zealand.

    In May, Wai and Sera won second place at the Dancers Paradise international dance competition in Cancun, Mexico. It was the second year that Wai and Sera had competed at Dancers Paradise, placing first in the 2018 competition.

    Indooroopilly State High School dancers Wai Paikea and Sera Momo with their dance group.
    Indooroopilly State High School dancers Wai Paikea and Sera Momo with their winning dance group.

    Sera and Wai’s crew trained heavily in the month before the competition, and their preparations paid off when they placed second in the adult division.

    “The experience was otherworldly. We were both able to experience a different culture as well as compete in a tough competition consisting of many teams from Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and America,” Wai said.

    Dancers Paradise is the first all-inclusive destination competition that combines the elements of a competition, holiday and intensive training environment.

    Not only do dancers have the chance to compete against the best teams from around the world, more importantly, dancers have the opportunity to train with headline judges in an intimate workshop setting.

    Wai and Sera are part of the same Brisbane dance crew, Homebase – Wai is the varsity leader, and Sera the assistant varsity leader.

    “Sera and I have been dancing together since we were seven years old. Eight years later, we are travelling internationally side by side and doing what we love most: dance,” Wai said.

    Wai hopes to become an international choreographer and teacher, and a professional back-up dancer. Sera also aims to become a professional back-up dancer, and continue her dancing education all over the globe.

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