Pri­or­i­ties set for dancer

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Ezekiel Fiso has all the moves.

The Aotea 11-year-old has been a stand-out for the past two years at the Phoenix Dance Con­ven­tion in Palmer­ston North, win­ning a schol­ar­ship each year to re­turn.

He says the con­ven­tion is dif­fi­cult, even in the be­gin­ners’ sec­tion in which he com­petes.

But he is happy to come through with the judges’ stamp of ap­proval.

‘‘I was in­tro­duced to the com­pe­ti­tion by one of my dance teach­ers [from the Tracey Odell School of Mod­ern Dance in Tawa] and I de­cided to have a go.

‘‘It was a chal­lenge but I re­ally en­joyed be­ing a part of it.’’

Classes went all day over April 21-22, with a Danc­ing with the Stars style cli­max on the Sun­day.

Fiso took part in work­shops for funk, mu­si­cal theatre, jazz, lyri­cal and his favourite, hip hop, and had to learn a chore­ographed set, which tested his bur­geon­ing danc­ing skills to the limit.

He flour­ished un­der the watch­ful eye of tu­tors and judges, how- ever, and was given the top dancer ac­co­lade for the be­gin­ners’ sec­tion, beat­ing hun­dreds of other con­tes­tants.

Danc­ing since 2007, the Scots Col­lege pupil says it takes a lot of ef­fort to bal­ance his school­work, rugby and danc­ing.

‘‘Danc­ing gives me the chance to ex­press my­self, I have a lot of fun but learn a lot of dis­ci­pline.’’

He wants to ‘‘keep my op­tions open’’ about the pos­si­bil­ity of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional dancer, with a law de­gree his ter­tiary am­bi­tion.

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