High kicks get the high marks

Pictured: Dance Wanaka’s winning students at Dance Days in Christchurch. 

One hundred and eighty young dancers from Dance Wanaka sat their Asia Pacific Dance Association assessments in late June in genres of jazz, hip hop, contemporary, tap and ballet and the results are now in with 46 dancers receiving Excellence with Honours grading 86 percent and above; and seven dancers receiving Honours with Distinction grading 96 percent and above. (Results are published on page 14)

In addition to assessments, dancers have also been keeping busy at BBO Dance Days in Christchurch over the July school holidays. Sixteen Dance Wanaka students aged 7-14 attended Dance Days at St Margaret’s College which consisted of a week of daily classes with international tutors organised by British Ballet Organisation. Hundreds of dancers attended from dance schools throughout NZ (i.e. Tauranga, Thames, Hamilton, Christchurch, Invercargill, Queenstown, Wanaka, Westport, Greymouth, Gore)

Daily classes included BBO ballet syllabus, classical repertoire, jazz, tap, musical theatre, contemporary and lyrical classes. Dancers attended four to five classes per day in these genres.

At the final gala performance, they awarded an Excellence Award to each level. Cienna Hearle received this award for grade one; Isabel Martin was awarded this for grade three.

National Theatre Awards Finals – Grace and Hannah Thomas received runner up in intermediate duo section.

For the budding young dancers who want to get a taste of Dance Moms-style training and performance, Dance Wanaka is taking 20 dancers on a LA Dance Tour in 2021. The tour includes performing at Disneyland Resort, attending classes at Millennium, Edge and IDA studios,  Disneyland Dance Workshop – auditions and careers, inspirational coaching sessions, meeting industry agents and experts. The tour will be for Wanaka dancers aged 12 and over.


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