Up­ping tempo for dance fest

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By GE­ORGE GARD­NER

Celia Walm­s­ley is set to get Auck­land danc­ing as she cel­e­brates a decade of one of this coun­try’s most pop­u­lar fes­ti­vals.

She is di­rec­tor of the Tempo Dance Fes­ti­val which runs un­til Oc­to­ber 20 at Q the­atre, in Queen St.

Ms Walm­s­ley is ‘‘ex­cited and hon­oured’’ to be at the helm again, par­tic­u­larly for the 10th anniversary cel­e­bra­tion.

‘‘This is my sec­ond year in the role and I sure lucked in with get­ting the 10th anniversary,’’ she says.

The fes­ti­val at­tracts es­tab­lished and up­com­ing dancers. With more than 700 dancers and chore­og­ra­phers in­volved in the 2013 pro­gramme, Ms Walm­s­ley says it will be the big­gest and best yet. ‘‘Ev­ery­one wants to be part of the 10th anniversary cel­e­bra­tions. Our dancers range in age from 4 years to 50-some­thing.’’

The big­gest event this year is the Gala Night, which fea­tures work from artists and chore­og­ra­phers who have been part of Tempo’s first decade.

Per­form­ers at the event in­clude the Royal New Zealand Bal­let, Michael Par­menter, Mary Jane O’Reilly and Charles Koroneho.

The fes­ti­val will also fea­ture Justin Haiu, the Hip Hop All Stars, Mon­isha Ku­mar, Aruna Po-Ching, Foot­note Dance, Touch Com­pass, and Brian Jones.

Ms Walm­s­ley moon­lights as a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher.

‘‘As a pho­tog­ra­pher I get to shoot the most amaz­ing dancers, cos­tumes, lights and moves. The poster this year is one of my favourites.

‘‘An­drew and Kayla were great dance mod­els. An­drew is a top New Zealand hip hop dancer and Kayla is an amaz­ing bal­let and con­tem­po­rary dancer.

‘‘An­drew com­peted with Iden­tity at the World Hip Hop Champs in Las Ve­gas – the same champs in which Hip Op-er­a­tion Crew were in­volved.’’

Iden­tity won sil­ver at the worlds and will be per­form­ing in Y Chro­mo­zone at Tempo.

Be­ing in­spired: Celia Walm­s­ley is di­rect­ing Tempo Dance Fes­ti­val for the sec­ond year.

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