Schools gather for an­nual song and dance fes­ti­val

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Host­ing a dance is all in a day’s work for Man­gakino Area School as they opened their doors to Whaka­maru and Marotiri Pri­mary Schools for the an­nual Pinelands Dance Fes­ti­val.

The three schools as­sem­bled on June 24, to dance and sing as fam­ily and friends watched on.

Each school per­formed a dance and song item be­fore com­bin­ing forces for three mass per­for­mances.

With a large amount of sup­port, fam­ily and friends had to get in fast in or­der to get a seat, while a large group of the spec­ta­tors had to stand out in the foyer hop­ing to catch a glimpse of the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Kay Rus­sell of Man­gakino Area School, said: ‘‘It was fan­tas­tic to see such im­mense sup­port from ev­ery­one who came along.’’ The high­light of the fes­ti­val was when stu­dents got to choose mem­bers from the au­di­ence to join them in the mass dance the Hokey Tokey. The fes­ti­val was a suc­cess, bring­ing plenty of laugh­ter, gig­gles and smiles from both the stu­dents and the crowd.

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