Dancers earn a top class place

Bush Telegraph - - News - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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MAX Te Huki and Tansy Fer­gu­son with some of the Hon­ours With Dis­tinc­tion Cer­tifi­cates from re­cent NZAMD ex­am­i­na­tions.

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