Invasion is a new up and coming, Brisbane-based Hip Hop Dance Crew made up of passionate and enthusiastic dancers from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Invasion is a new up and coming, Brisbane-based Hip Hop Dance Crew made up of passionate and enthusiastic dancers from a diverse range of backgrounds. Individually the ‘Invaders’ have trained in a variety of dance styles including Samba, Salsa, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Gymnastics, Street Dance, Hip Hop and even Ballroom and have had some amazing individual dance experiences including resident podium dancing at various Brisbane and Gold Coast venues, numerous gigs, flashmobs and corporate events, dancing as one of members of the Brisbane Broncos cheerleading team, dancing in the Philippines, competing and winning the South Pacific Dancesport championships (5 times) and even representing Australia at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas USA!
They are now set on combining their talents, skills, ideas and passion for dance, as they attempt to ‘bring the Invasion’ to the WORLD SUPREMACY BATTLEGROUNDS – the largest Hip Hop and Street Dance competition in the Southern Hemisphere! Battlegrounds is being held in Sydney in December and features the best of the best hip hop dancers and dance crews from all around Australia, including international guests and crews from New Zealand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and the USA.
Invasion have been working hard, training hard and are above all else, having a lot of fun together along the way. They can’t wait to represent Queensland and to step up and show the rest of Australia what they’ve got!
Invasion is a completely independent dance crew currently with no sponsorship, studio backing or professional coaching. They come up with all of their own choreography, concepts, training methods, tricks and ideas. Their focus is always on bringing something different and new to the table as they try to create exciting and entertaining dance routines with moves and concepts that have never been done before. Their core belief is to innovate, not imitate. Everyone in Invasion is passionate about dance and it is an integral part in all of their lives.
Invasion only formed in 2013, originally coming together to compete in Battlegrounds as a way to experience the dance culture and community in Queensland and Australia, as well as the excitement of competing alongside other dance crews. They now want to push themselves to the next level and take their dancing as far as they can.
As it can be difficult to find rehearsal space as a new dance crew without any studio or sponsorship backing, Invasion were introduced to Visible Ink through a good friend, singer-songwriter Cat Thompson. Visible Ink’s space was a big relief as studio hire to practice and rehearse is very costly.
The biggest piece of advice they would give to anyone trying to get into dance as a profession – whether young or not – is that no matter what, you have to believe in yourself that you can do it. Work hard, train hard and don’t ever give up. Dance isn’t necessarily a talent that someone was born with, it is also a skill that you can and should grow and perfect with time, commitment and passion. If you have the need to perform and dance than don’t ever let anybody stop your dreams from coming true.
Above all, make sure you have fun and don’t take dancing too seriously – because that’s ultimately why we all dance! Because we love music, we love to move and we love to have fun and dance!
If you’re out and about in Brisbane, looking to get involved in dance then there are a wide range of opportunities available. First of all – take a class! There are many passionate people teaching non-profit dance classes around Brisbane and other companies that provide classes for a range of different ages and dance styles. Definitely looking into these programs and classes will be a good step to performing live. Crew members of Invasion will also be looking to teach more classes and inspire other young people in and around Brisbane as their profile and reputation grows. Stay tuned and watch this space!
Invasion are currently Abloy, Shanice, Bec, Matt, Chrissie, Mitch, Honey and Nina. They will most likely be looking to grow their dance family in 2014.
If you have any inquiries about Invasion, please feel free to contact Matt McKeown on 0422 767 313.