A real dream come true for young dancer

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Keely Frearson is set to share the stage with the New Zealand Dance Com­pany.

The 13 year old was one of 15 young dancers cho­sen to per­form with the com­pany in Tau­ranga as part of their Lan­guage of Liv­ing tour.

She was selected af­ter at­tend­ing the com­pany’s Youth Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gramme (YEP!) Sum­mer School in Jan­uary.

The four-day work­shop was a chal­lenge for Keely, who was in­tro­duced to two styles of dance com­pletely new to her – fu­sion and con­tem­po­rary.

‘‘It was a lit­tle bit nerve wrack­ing be­cause I didn’t know any­one and I wasn’t sure what I was do­ing at first,’’ she said.

‘‘But at the end of it I was re­ally ex­cited and happy.’’

Keely has been dancing for about seven years and takes hip hop, jazz, bal­let and acro at As­pire Arts Academy.

She is there ev­ery Mon­day to Thurs­day – about seven hours a week – and helps to teach one of the younger classes.

At home, she prac­tices on a makeshift dance­floor of card­board in the fam­ily shed.

‘‘I like that I can ex­press my­self with­out words,’’ she said. ‘‘I can be my­self on the dance floor.’’ She hopes to be a pro­fes­sional dancer one day and dancing with the New Zealand Dance Com­pany makes it seem pos­si­ble.

‘‘ It makes me feel like I have been no­ticed,’’ she said.

‘‘They’re amaz­ing. They’re re­ally cool and re­ally, re­ally nice and kind and help you if you don’t get a dance move.’’

Tu­tors from the com­pany have been com­ing to Tau­ranga once a month to prac­tice with the YEP! dancers ahead of the show at the Bay­court Com­mu­nity & Arts Cen­tre on May 21.

They have also been send­ing video in­struc­tions so they can pre­pare at home.

Keely will be part of Justin Haiu’s per­for­mance called Re­lease Your Ro­bot –a street in­spired work about a ro­bot who be­comes hu­man.

‘‘I’m ex­cited, re­ally ex­cited and happy,’’ she said.

Years at As­pire had helped her to pre­pare for the op­por­tu­nity and she would like to thank her teach­ers Tammy, Me­gan and Court­ney.

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