Bal­let bridges gen­er­a­tion gap

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCON­NELL

Mother and daugh­ter Sara and Jemima Scott, share more than just their DNA and a love of dance.

Last week they dis­cov­ered Sara’s name on a se­lec­tion of dance tro­phies won by Jemima sev­eral decades ago.

Tak­ing a closer look, they found a third con­nec­tion – Jemima’s teacher, Paula Hunt, is also on sev­eral of the tro­phies.

‘‘It was very ex­cit­ing when we saw Paula’s name on one as well,’’ Sara said.

All to­gether Jemima won 10 tro­phies at the Hutt Val­ley per­form­ing arts com­pe­ti­tions last week.

It wasn’t un­til she got home that she re­alised her mother’s name was on five of the tro­phies.

Sara won the awards in 1979, when she was 14. She gave up dance when she was 18. Now, she teaches chil­dren.

She said find­ing the con­nec­tion meant a lot to her.

‘‘It brings back lots of mem­o­ries. They were good times when we all danced to­gether,’’ Sara said.

Jemima is just 12 and in year 8 at Tawa Intermediate, but she has a promis­ing fu­ture in dance.

‘‘She’s far bet­ter. I was never any­where near her stan­dard,’’ Sara said.

Last year, Jemima was ac­cepted into the Aus­tralian Bal­let School’s de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

She is also in the New Zealand School of Dance’s de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

She has three older broth­ers, but since they left home a room has been ded­i­cated to her dancing, com­plete with a barre.

Jemima said her dream was to be a pro­fes­sional dancer with a com­pany.

She is fundrais­ing for her trips to the Aus­tralian Bal­let School de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

To help, visit givealit­ cause/jemi­mamel­bourne.


Dance and DNA: Mother and daugh­ter, Sara and Jemima Scott dis­cov­ered they had won the same five tro­phies 39 years apart.

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