Spe­cial to re­turn to city: RNZB dancer

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL - JOHN GIBB

YOUNG dancer Olivia Moore says it is ‘‘spe­cial’’ to re­turn to her Dunedin birth­place to per­form ‘‘Danc­ing with Mozart’’ with the Royal New Zealand Bal­let to­mor­row.

Since she be­gan dance train­ing as a 3­year­old, and be­fore she at­tended St Clair Pri­mary School, it had been her ‘‘dream to be a pro­fes­sional and do it full time’’.

Asked if the real­ity of be­com­ing a mem­ber of the 30­strong na­tional bal­let com­pany had sunk in, Miss Moore (16) said ‘‘it def­i­nitely still feels a bit sur­real’’.

But now she was per­form­ing on stage more reg­u­larly ‘‘it’s be­gin­ning to feel a bit more real’’.

She will dance with the RNZB at the Re­gent The­atre at 7.30pm to­mor­row, hav­ing joined the com­pany in Fe­bru­ary.

‘‘Dunedin, for me it just holds so many mem­o­ries.’’

It was ‘‘re­ally cool’’ to be able to per­form in a place where some fam­ily mem­bers still lived.

‘‘I think it will be a very spe­cial per­for­mance.’’

In April, she made her pro­fes­sional de­but with the RNZB in ‘‘Tu­tus on Tour’’, in Tau­ranga, where she grew up, hav­ing left Dunedin aged 7.

She is the bal­let com­pany’s youngest cur­rent mem­ber, and has al­ready per­formed with widely re­spected dancer and vet­eran RNZB mem­ber Sir Jon Trim­mer (78).

Last year, at the age of 15 she was ac­cepted as a clas­si­cal ma­jor at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD).

She won clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary sec­tions in the Petipa In­ter­na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion in Brus­sels in 2015, and won the Sir John Lo­gan Bal­let Award in Auck­land in 2016.

While at the NZSD, she was cho­sen to take part in an ex­change pro­gramme to fur­ther her train­ing at Canada’s Na­tional Bal­let School in Toronto.

She loved to per­form, she said.

‘‘On stage you have your own space — it’s re­ally spe­cial to be able to share that with ev­ery­one watch­ing.’’

‘‘It’s re­ally ex­pres­sive; you can ex­press your­self.

‘‘It’s a chal­lenge — I love that.’’


Bal­let fan . . . Dr Roger Collins, an au­thor and re­tired teacher of French and art his­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Otago, and long a lover of bal­let, meets Royal New Zealand Bal­let dancer Olivia Moore dur­ing her visit to the Yvette Wil­liams Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Dunedin yes­ter­day.

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