Dance brings

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Dance is not for the faint­hearted at Tawa Col­lege. The col­lege’s dance stu­dio, com­pleted in Jan­uary, hosts 22 timetabled classes and is oc­cu­pied ev­ery morn­ing, dur­ing breaks and af­ter school with re­hearsals.

This week people can see stu­dents’ work in Mo­saic: An Evening of Dance.

Stu­dent Sophie Greig said chore­ograph­ing a dance wasn’t as easy as it looked.

‘‘It’s been stress­ful, but I liked the process of cast­ing the dancers, cre­at­ing the con­cept, and de­vel­op­ing the chore­og­ra­phy and light­ing, cos­tumes, props and set,’’ she said.

Her dance is based on the Banksy art­work No Ball Games, about a sign telling chil­dren not to play.

‘‘The sign is in­tended to stop the chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity, but it only en­cour­ages them,’’ she said.

The dance fea­tures two groups of dancers.

‘‘The adults are the ones who don’t know how to be cre­ative. They’ve grown up to be­come dull and colour­less. The other smaller group are chil­dren and they’re still cre­ative and colourful. They’re still them­selves. There’s a lot of part­ner­ing work and ag­gres­sion be­tween them.’’

Dance was one of the high­lights of at­tend­ing Tawa Col­lege, stu­dent Ash­ley Dar­byshire said.

‘‘ It’s not like English or maths,’’ she said. ‘‘You’re able to ex­press yourself through move­ment and ex­plore other cul­tures through learn­ing Bol­ly­wood and other styles [like] mu­si­cal theatre, hip hop, jazz and con­tem­po­rary.’’

The show is a se­lec­tion of stu­dent-chore­ographed work and class dances in var­i­ous gen­res.

All 100 stu­dents will take part in the fi­nal dance, XO by Bey­once.

Mo­saic: An Evening of Dance, Tawa Col­lege Hall, June 25 to 27, 6pm, koha.

Photo: TALIA CARLISLE

Dance re­hearsal: Tawa Col­lege dance stu­dents, clock­wise from top, Adri­enne Tucker, Emma and Ge­or­gia Rice­man, Sophie Greig, Kelly Huang, Lakeshia Li­va­pulu and Han­nah Sadler.

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