Young LDA dancers strut their stuff

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ERIN TASKER

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.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Joshua Hawkes, Ben Jurd and Se­bas­tian Brown from Ash­bur­ton’s Life Dance Academy take part in the Christ­mas per­for­mance.

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