Dancers get their disco moves on
Queenstown performances promise energetic, fun entertainment
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.’’
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To go in the draw to win, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org 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