Festival of dance
The 2018 Palmerston North dance competitions open at the Regent on Broadway next weekend.
Pictured are 2017 dancers, Charlotte Gilmour and Tobyn Gregory who received Monica Skinner scholarships awarded to dancers who go on to study at university.
Palmerston North Dance Association (PNDA) president Maryanne Mechen said the festival opens on September 28 with the gala event on Monday October 1.
“Come and enjoy the many different dance styles on show featuring classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and tap.
“We have dancers from 12 dance schools in the festival.
“This year’s convenor is Michelle Robinson who is the dance teacher representative on the committee who liaises with all the dance schools for the festival.”
Maryanne says the competition covers both solo and group classes and dancers aged from under six years to adults are from across the North Island. Dancers must do four dances each.
“Our patron Sir Jon Trimmer will be attending and available to speak with those who come to the festival.”
The gala event will feature junior, intermediate and senior ballet solo championships, including guest artists.
There will be three sessions daily. Adults are $5, children $3 and senior citizen passes available with a free session.
■ For those wanting to attend the gala event drinks and nibbles from 5pm-7pm, Maryanne would like an RSVP by September 28 for catering sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or 356-3997 / 02102269355.