Dance crew heading to Mangere
It’s not just hip hop dancing, it’s a theatre experience. That’s the aim of Freshmans Dance Crew, a group of dancers who combine their love of dance and theatre for interactive performances.
The crew is coming to Mangere Arts Centre as part of Auckland Live’s Pick & Mix programme to teach children and adults how to dance.
Director Hadleigh Pouesi says it’s a great opportunity to invest a love of dance in children, as it wasn’t an option for him as a child.
‘‘If this was around back when I was growing up then I would have been all for it. I’ve always had a passion for performance,’’ Pouesi says.
‘‘It’s fun working with young people who’ve never tried dancing before and just seeing their eyes light up.
‘‘For a short glimpse of time we get to invest in them and take that and make it into a lifetime passion.’’
Pouesi established Freshmans Dance Crew in 2012 with a goal of providing professional pathways for dancers.
This is the first year the crew has been involved with Pick & Mix, which is a winter series of performances and workshops. The crew is performing from 3pm at Mangere Arts Centre on September 2.
Hadleigh Pouesi established Freshmans Dance Crew in 2012 to provide dancers with career opportunities.