Beatgirls are branching out
The Beatgirls are synonymous in New Zealand with high- energy, retro- inspired shows, but not content with merely performing, they have decided to branch out into teaching.
The group began in 1996 as a Beatles tribute group, and quickly transformed into the brightly costumed and be-wigged girl group we know today.
Lead singer Andrea Sanders said that although their main demographic was women over 30, they noticed they had gained a following with children.
‘‘Over the years we’ve found that when we run festivals, we get a lot of children who are really interested,’’ she said.
‘‘Some come and jump up on stage ... we love their energy and enthusiasm.’’
The Beatgirls have decided to share their passion for dance and music with Wellington children through a July school holiday workshop – a first for the group.
Sanders said the workshop, for children aged 9 to 13, is for those at all different levels of competency.
‘‘You don’t have to be the best, you just have to have enthusiasm,’’ she said.
Sanders said her 11-year-old daughter was part of her inspiration for the venture.
‘‘I recently took her to a performance workshop in Palmerston North, and the kids were amazing – they were so excited to be there.’’
The classes will focus not only on singing and dancing, but will also include discussions about the performance industry, and general life skills the children can take away, such as confidence and presentation.
The choreography sessions will be run by Sanders, alongside fellow Beatgirl Caroline McLaughlin.
Awhimai Fraser, who is also playing Sandy in the Wellington Musical Theatre production of vocal classes.
The workshop will culminate with a dance medley of songs from The Beatgirls’ repertoire – complete with wigs and other accessories – to which parents and friends will be invited.
Sanders said she hoped the workshop would inspire children to get involved with performing.
‘‘I’d like to get this to the stage where we could potentially get the Baby Beats to come along and do a number [at our shows].
‘‘Who knows, if we’re still doing this in 10 years, they could come along and do it.’’
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Sanders said there had already been a lot of interest in the workshop, from children and mothers. ‘‘We’ve had lots of interest from our biggest demographic – women aged from 30 to 60.
‘‘I’ve had women asking me, ‘Why are you not running a workshop for us’?’’.
In fact, The Beatgirls plan to introduce a class similar to aerobics, aptly named Beatgirls Mania.
The workshop costs $125 and will run from July 7 to July 11, from 10am till 1pm at the Tarrant Dance Studio, across from Iko Iko in Cuba Mall. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical Holiday: The Beatgirls, from left, Caroline McLaughlin, Kali Kopae and Andrea Sanders. They hope to inspire potential ‘‘Baby Beats’’ with Beatcamp, their school holiday workshop.