Dancers earn a top class place
Two Dannevirke dancers from the Evolve Performing Arts Centre have again scored the highest possible results in recent NZ Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) examinations, and invitations to attend master classes in October.
Max Te Huki scored Honours with Distinction in American Tap, Contemporary Dance, Jazz and Hip Hop — all Level Five, while Tansy Ferguson has scored top results in Advanced Jazz, Level Eight Tap, Level Six Contemporary Dance and Level Six Hip Hop.
Tansy has been invited to participate in a week of master classes in Wellington during October covering all the dance forms and Max has been invited to attend for hip hop.
During that week dancers who have been selected by the examiners will attend sessions on the dance form, one day per genre, during which they are taught a routine and then challenged to perform it in front of the judges for monetary prizes and scholarships.
Last year Tansy had a similar invitation to attend in Auckland.
She found the week very educational but very intense.
Her jazz dance class included 180 nominees, which was overwhelming.
This year examiners have been told to be tougher in their nominations but still Tansy made all four and Max got his first for hip hop.
Only senior dancers are eligible.
Tansy cannot sit back and relax, as next week she has an Advanced Two ballet examination.
Training before and after school every day until 9pm plus weekends does not leave a busy Year 13 student much time for school work but she is coping well, she says.
Tansy is thinking about making dance her career, while Max thinks his dancing helps with his strength and flexibility for playing rugby.
MAX Te Huki and Tansy Ferguson with some of the Honours With Distinction Certificates from recent NZAMD examinations.