Young dancer per­forms to per­fec­tion for judge

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When Kelly School of Jazz dance stu­dent Ge­or­gia Dinan, 10, re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate say­ing she was a re­cip­i­ent of the Jazz Dance New Zealand schol­ar­ship she could not be­lieve it. The West Gore school pupil has been jazz danc­ing for three years and com­pleted a whole syl­labus of work in front of judge Sharon Stathan from Auck­land. Ge­or­gia pre­formed floor, bar and cen­tre work as part of her syl­labus. Kelly School of Jazz dance teacher Amanda Swain said Ge­or­gia had to learn the work by heart and per­form it to per­fec­tion. Ev­ery ex­er­cise she per­formed was marked in­di­vid­u­ally and she had pro­duced some very high scores, Ms Swain said. Ge­or­gia was the only dancer in the South Is­land to re­ceive the mone­tary schol­ar­ship that would go to­wards cov­er­ing her dance fees. ‘‘It’s great, I didn’t ex­pect it,’’ Ge­or­gia said. The goal for the young dancer now was to switch her fo­cus on to the jazz school’s an­nual pro­duc­tion. The Wiz, which is a form of The Wizard of Oz, would be per­formed by the school dance stu­dents along with the hip hop stu­dents from Jade Dance School next month.

Photo: NI­COLE SHARP/FAIR­FAX NZ 628651307

Tasty time: Mataura play­cen­tre chil­dren en­joy­ing morn­ing tea on Tues­day.

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