Young LDA dancers strut their stuff
Months of hard work went on show at Ashburton’s New Life Church at the weekend as the dancers from Life Dance Academy (LDA) put on their annual Christmas performances.
They put on four shows, each of which was sold out, and LDA teacher Anna Raukawa couldn’t have been happier with how each of them went.
The youngest performer – twoyear-old Nehemiah Raukawa – opened the show with a special dance with LDA teacher Madi Wilson, while the rest of the 19 performances involved boys and girls as young as three, through to members of the academy’s Dancefit programme for adults.
‘‘Some of those ladies, the fact that they were on that stage is just phenomenal. It’s just amazing for their self-esteem,’’ Raukawa said.
Raukawa said much of the credit for the successful shows had to go to Wilson, who not only taught a lot of what went into the show, but also took part in a number of the performances herself.
The Christmas concerts weren’t the end of the year for the dancers at LDA though, with attention now turning to a performance at the Ashburton Borough School Treasure Island Christmas Fete on December 2, as well as a pre-Christmas tour of Ashburton rest homes.
After just two full years in existence, LDA now had around 250 students on its books.
Joshua Hawkes, Ben Jurd and Sebastian Brown from Ashburton’s Life Dance Academy take part in the Christmas performance.