WHAT A YEAR
Looking back on 2011 Treading the boards of Broadway could become a reality next year for a small troupe of Porirua dancers.
The Extreme Dance Performance Centre will be taking a party of ambitious young movers and shakers to New York and Los Angeles in September to get a taste of the worldwide dance scene.
While on their ‘‘dance madness’’ tour the dancers will perform at Disneyland and take workshops at Broadway, New York, and the Edge Performing Arts Centre and Millenium Dance Complex in Hollywood. ‘‘ The people who are taking these classes are doing music videos for Madonna and Beyonce [ Knowles], they do commercials and movies like Step Up, so these are top people in the industry that these kids are going to work with, which is huge,’’ says Extreme co-director John Linkhorn.
The plan for the trip was hatched as a way to raise the bar for the school’s senior dancers, to develop their enthusiasm and help show them the possibilities of an international career.
Dance is an exciting industry that is within reach for people with the passion and commitment to make it happen, Mr Linkhorn says, and the work the students will have to do to fundraise for the trip and to bring their dancing up to its best will extend and focus them.
The dancers have been planning the trip for a year now, and Mr Linkhorn says their commitment is showing through in their work.
‘‘It lifts their energy, it lifts their mental drive, so they are pushing to achieve greater things, which is fantastic.
‘‘You can even see it in the ones that are younger thinking ‘if I want to do this in two or four years time, this is what I need to be doing’.’’
About 20 dancers, aged from 13 to 22, will spend 14 days in the United States, and have to raise $6000 each to make the trip with Mr Linkhorn and co-director of Extreme, his wife Emma Johnson.
The whole school will take every opportunity they can to raise funds for the project, with sausage sizzles, lollies and wine to sell and garage sales.
‘‘ We want them to have the chance to be able to take classes with some of the top choreographers in the industry and to perform on a world stage,’’ Mr Linkhorn says.