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Raw Robots geared for Carlsons' year-end dance show

Raw Robots, seen here thrilling the Cowichan Music Festival, struck gold recently in Nanaimo competitions. The hip-hop crew from Carlson
Raw Robots, seen here thrilling the Cowichan Music Festival, struck gold recently in Nanaimo competitions. The hip-hop crew from Carlson's School of Dance is gearing for Carlsons' June show at the Cowichan Theatre.
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Raw Robots short-circuited its hip-hop competition, earning gold and top scores at Nanaimo's recent Upper Island Music Festival.

Carlson's School of Dance spokeswoman, Reija Best, explained her school's hip-hop crew — created and 'programed' by A.J. Kambere — earned that first place after big impressions at contests in Duncan and Victoria.

"Their last competition was again in Nanaimo's Port Theatre, organized by the Core production company from Vancouver.

"They had hundreds of entries from all different dance schools on the island, and Raw Robots again received highest score in this high-level competition," Best emailed the News Leader Pictorial.

"They brought home a big trophy, and a cash price for the highest score of the event.

Beside Raw Robots' win, Carlsons' solo dancers scored big too — earning a top-10 placing.

Those dancers include Kienan Martin, Vance Driver, Darius Zaviceanu, and duo Vance Driver and Kienan  Martin. Giuliana Mansueti also earned a top-10 placing with her modern solo, notes Best.

"When they always say 'The best is yet to come', it feels like that kind of moment.

"In every festival there was a buzz about Raw Robots; they are truly respected in the island dance world thanks to A.J. Kambere's talent and hard work."

Raw Robots are Christopher Fall, Vance Driver, Brendan Hardisty, Kyle Johanssen, Ysuke Kuroda, Louie Johnny, Kienan Martin, Wynton Martin, Carlow Rush,  Michael Slang, Liam Stephensen, Dawson Tomich, and Darius Zaviceanu.

Raw Robots are gearing to perform in each of Carlsons' multi-genre year-end shows, named Film & Fantasy, June 12 to 14 at the Cowichan Theatre. Call 250-748-7529.

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