Dancer leaps into action to raise funds
By SVEN HERSELMAN Blenheim ballerina Hannah Roche has come up with a novel way of raising money to attend a US arts school summer camp, by hosting a dance contest and giving away many of her old medals.
The fifteen-year-old Marlborough Girls’ College student has been invited to attend the threeweek-long summer camp at Interlochen Centre for the Arts in Michigan, US. To attend she needs around $7000 and is organising a dance contest, along with her mum Lynda, this weekend.
The idea is that the event will not be as competitive as regular dance contests, and Hannah will be giving medals that she has won over the years to each dancer that takes part. ‘‘Some people are put off by very competitive contests, so this is ideal for children who haven’t had much experience or haven’t entered a contest before and can get experience dancing on stage in front of judges,’’ Lynda says.
All dance styles, from ballet to contemporary, can be entered and dancers can perform as solos, duos, trios or larger groups. Judges will include Marlborough dance teachers and senior dance students.
‘‘The [Floor Pride Civic] Theatre have offered us the use of the venue for free, which is amazing of them,’’ Lynda says.
Hannah will also perform three times on the day. She began dancing at the age of just four and soon got into ballet and Highland dancing at the Marlborough Dance Centre in Blenheim. While she has found success in both styles she has decided to focus on ballet.
‘‘There are more opportunities to become a professional ballet dancer, which is what I want to do,’’ Hannah says. She was also selected for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which is being held at the same time as the summer camp but decided not to go.
The $7000 she needs to attend the camp may be a lofty goal but Hannah is already well on her way having saved every cent she has ever won for dancing.
She is excited to be attending the summer camp, an opportunity that came up by pure chance. ‘‘ We know a guy who attended the Over the sea: Marlborough dancer Hannah Roche, 15, is working hard to raise the money needed to go to the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp in the US. Photo: SMILECLICK.CO.NZ camp, whose grandparents live next door to my grandparents. A teacher from Interlochen was staying with them so my gran showed her a tape of me dancing and she asked to see me, and invited me to the camp,’’ Hannah says.
The camp will mean that she will miss two weeks of school so she is busy working hard to do the work before she goes on July 7. Fresh look: Picton Society of Model Engineers secretary Russell Mathews at the model sailing boat pond, which is due to be upgraded.