Grace has big dreams as a dancer
Grace Hammond has big dreams.
The former Byron Bay woman hopes to one day be a back-up dancer for Beyonce or Chris Brown.
And she may very well realise that dream after the hip hop group she dances in won the World of Dance Tour US Urban Dance competition in New York in May.
Twenty-year-old Grace, who now lives in Sydney, was a member of the Psyde Project – a 15-strong hip hop group which competed at the competition.
Psyde beat 49 other hip hop groups from throughout the USA and Canada to take out the title.
They won a trophy and $1500.
“It was amazing,” Grace said.
“New York was amazing. The competition was amazing and I couldn’t believe it when we won.
“It wasn’t until all these people were taking photos of us that it hit home.”
After completing her schooling in Byron Bay, Grace attended the renowned Brent Street Dance School in Sydney in 2008.
She graduated after 12 months of study and dance and since then has performed with two Sydney hip hop crews – J-Town and Deja, an all-girls crew.
She then joined Psyde.
The winning routine featured a six-minute dance to different types of music, with tricks and characterisation parts.
“I just love hip hop,” Grace said.
“One day I would love to dance in America and I would love to do the full performing thing – singing, dancing and acting.”
Grace studied dance in Byron Bay with Vision Dance Studios.
“I have a lot to thank my teacher Jill for,” she said.