Dancers get their disco moves on

Queen­stown per­for­mances prom­ise en­er­getic, fun en­ter­tain­ment

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

They are the danc­ing stars of Satur­day Night Fever and Anna Stu­art and Dan­niel Bo­ca­tios think they have just the right chem­istry to pull it off.

Stu­art, the owner of Queen­stown School of Dance, brings the ex­pe­ri­ence and skill. Bo­ca­tios, a per­sonal trainer from Brazil, brings the South Amer­i­can touch.

To­gether they will grace the stage in Show­biz Queen­stown’s New Zealand pre­miere per­for­mance as Puerto Ri­can dancers break­ing into the world of disco.

For both it is a step out of their com­fort zones.

Stu­art is used to be­ing in the back­ground as chore­og­ra­pher. She was be­hind the de­mand­ing dances of Show­biz Queen­stown’s pro­duc­tion of Chicago, and is jug­gling a stage role with the chore­og­ra­phy for the first time.

‘‘I didn’t see any­one in the au­di­tion that I thought could do it and be­cause there’s a lot of dance in it I thought it was one less per­son I would have to teach.’’

How­ever, she was pleased she made the de­ci­sion ‘‘I’m hav­ing so much fun.’’ Bo­ca­tios at­tended au­di­tions with his girl­friend, who also landed a dance role. His first job at home in Brazil was teach­ing dance at a gym, he said.

‘‘South Amer­ica is full of salsa and rumba and that sort of thing.’’

How­ever, it is the first time he has per­formed in a mu­si­cal.

‘‘I’ve seen the movie ages ago and I knew a lit­tle bit about it. I could see my­self do­ing the role – not [lead char­ac­ter] Tony though. He has to sing a lot. I’m not a great singer. In a group I’m fine but not solo.’’

Stu­art says it is a dra­matic pro­duc­tion, likely to cause a few tears, but with lots of great dance moves to en­joy.

‘‘It’s a disco style. It’s set in New York of course. You’ve got all the Puerto Ri­cans who are all into their salsa and add that to the disco. Peo­ple will also see disco moves they’ve done them­selves. If any­one at the end feels like get­ting up to dance, they’re more than wel­come.’’

Bo­ca­tios says it’s been a chal­lenge for him.

‘‘It’s a new ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m en­joy­ing it. Be­ing in­volved with real choreographed dance has made me more keen on do­ing it. When you dance in a club you do what­ever, but here you have to get the steps and use a lit­tle bit of the brain.’’ ‘‘All of it,’’ de­mands Stu­art. For her it had been the most fun pro­duc­tion to chore­o­graph.

‘‘There’s a bunch of amaz­ing cast who are just so crazy. They love to dance and the en­ergy on stage and in the room is just go­ing to be ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous.’’


The Mir­ror has a dou­ble pass to give away to a lucky reader to the open­ing night of Satur­dayNight

To go in the draw to win, email us on mir­ with Satur­day Night Fever in the sub­ject line by Fri­day lunchtime. Re­mem­ber to in­clude your con­tact de­tails. Dan­niel Bo­ca­tios and Anna Stu­art prac­tice their moves for the Queen­stown Show­biz mu­si­calSatur­day NightFever. Photo: Deb­bie Jamieson/Fair­fax NZ

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