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St George and Sutherland Shire kids star in Nick Jr show READY SET DANCE

Local talent: Some of the READY SET DANCE 'Kid Crew'. Picture: Supplied
Local talent: Some of the READY SET DANCE 'Kid Crew'. Picture: Supplied

When popular Nickelodeon TV kids TV show READY SET DANCE returned to Nick Jr this month, eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed a few familiar faces.

The locally produced series is rated the number one subscription TV program amongst children aged 0-12 thanks to its fun and energetic episodes designed to teach preschoolers fundamental movement skills while building confidence, coordination and creativity.

And among this season's hosts, or 'Kid Crew', are five children from St George and Sutherland Shire.

They include Ewan Herdman, of Gymea, Alannah Coleman, of Illawong, Lachlan Hamamdjian, of Menai, Kobyfox Ennis, of Oyster Bay, and Ali Kamikura, of Peakhurst.

This is Ewan Herdman's second season of the show.

Ewan, 16, has danced for five years and already enjoyed great success, including touring Australia and New Zealand as a cast member of Matilda the Musical.

Special energy: Ewan Herdman, of Gymea, has been dancing for five years. Picture: Supplied

Special energy: Ewan Herdman, of Gymea, has been dancing for five years. Picture: Supplied

One of the show's director's, Natalie Ettingshausen, said Ewan brings a special energy to the show.

"During filming, he brought an experience and enthusiasm to the set. He not only motivated the cast with his infectious energy and sometimes comical injections, but his performance translated well on screen, making him an engaging and likeable 'Kid Crew' member."

Loves to dance: Kobyfox Ellis is excited to appear on the new season of the show. Picture: Supplied

Loves to dance: Kobyfox Ellis is excited to appear on the new season of the show. Picture: Supplied

Kobyfox, 11, is one of the newest members of the 'Kid Crew'.

The daughter of former Sharks NRL player turned Fox Sports commentator Michael Ennis started dancing at the age of two and has continued to train in all genres of dance, but especially loves contemporary, lyrical, ballet and hip hop styles.

She has appeared in a Woolworths TV commercial and is excited to join season two of READY SET DANCE as part of the 'Kid Crew'.

Ali Kamikura, 12, is often described as a'powerhouse'.

Quirky style: Ali Kamikura, of Peakhurst, has joined the cast of the show. Picture: Supplied

Quirky style: Ali Kamikura, of Peakhurst, has joined the cast of the show. Picture: Supplied

A dancer since the age of four, her quirky dance style stood during the selection process for READY SET DANCE and will bring a unique quality to the show's second season.

Alannah Coleman, 15, has a passion for dance, having started 11 years ago. She worked as a backup dancer for Mackenzie Ziegler during her 2017 Australian tour and also travelled to America to take part in an international hip hop competition.

Passion for dance: Alannah Coleman has worked as a backup dancer. Picture: Supplied

Passion for dance: Alannah Coleman has worked as a backup dancer. Picture: Supplied

She also represented Australia as part of her local dance crew Dollhouse.

Lachlan, 11, is a self-taught opera singer whose special skill is singing the Australian national anthem in opera while doing the splits.

Singer and dancer: Lachlan Hamamdjian loves to sing opera - while doing the splits. Picture: Supplied

Singer and dancer: Lachlan Hamamdjian loves to sing opera - while doing the splits. Picture: Supplied

He started dancing to follow in his sister's footsteps but it is now his favourite thing to do, whether on stage or simply dancing down the aisles of his local Coles.

As well as the 'Kid Crew', preschoolers from three local dance studios, All Starz Performing Arts Studio at Peakhurst, Ettingshausens at Kirrawee and Planetdance at Menai will also appear on the show.

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