Dance crew head­ing to Man­gere

Manukau Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - EMILY FORD

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.

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Hadleigh Pouesi es­tab­lished Fresh­mans Dance Crew in 2012 to pro­vide dancers with ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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