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Coastal News - - Front Page - By DEB­BIE AN­DER­TON Teacher Whanga­mata¯ Dance Stu­dio

Whanga­mata Dance Stu­dio mark­ing 20-year mile­stone with big­gest show yet

This year will be Whanga­mata¯ Dance Stu­dio’s big­gest show yet, cel­e­brat­ing 20 years of dance shows.

The NUM­BER#TWENTY show will be an ex­cep­tional per­for­mance fea­tur­ing a mix­ture of favourite chore­ographed dances from past years, and is a huge achieve­ment for owner and teacher Jo Cullen. Back in 1999, Whanga­mata Dance Stu­dio had six stu­dents sit­ting their ex­ams, and in 2018 a record num­ber of 226 ex­am­i­na­tions were ex­am­ined, plus 33 con­tem­po­rary medal tests.

“Her ded­i­ca­tion and love of dance has had a huge con­tri­bu­tion to many stu­dents in Whanga­mata¯ ,” the stu­dio says. “Our lit­tle town has been truly blessed to have such a ta­lented woman share the beauty of dance.’’

Many stu­dents have at­tended the stu­dio over the years, and teach­ers are hop­ing to see some fa­mil­iar faces in the au­di­ence.

The stu­dents have been prac­tis­ing and have pol­ished dance rou­tines, cos­tumes, hair and makeup.

The au­di­ence will be daz­zled with jazz, hip hop, con­tem­po­rary and tap.

PHOTO / DANIEL DAVIE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

PHO­TOS / DANIEL DAVIE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The Whanga­mata¯ Dance Stu­dio is cel­e­brat­ing 20 years with its NUM­BER # TWENTY show that starts tonight.

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