WHAT A YEAR

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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.

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