Scores see dancers tap into next level

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

TAP danc­ing is in the blood of two tal­ented teens head­ing to na­tional nom­i­na­tions af­ter gain­ing dis­tinc­tion in their ex­ams.

Toko­roa High School stu­dent Cameron Short and Danielle Har­ris from Taupo- nui- a- Tia Col­lege both scored be­tween 96 and 100 per cent in their level 7 ex­ams and now have a shot at scoop­ing a schol­ar­ship in Welling­ton.

‘‘I’ve been danc­ing since I was 3, and I’ve done jazz and bal­let but I just do tap now,’’ Danielle said.

‘‘I just love danc­ing,’’ Cameron said. ‘‘ I come all the way to Taupo for lessons be­cause there’s no teacher in Toko­roa.’’

Dance 101 teacher Joanna Har­ris said the two 14 year olds are great dancers who can re­ally de­liver on the day.

‘‘The cool thing with tap is it’s got all these rhythms. So you’re danc­ing on the beat, off the beat, or cre­at­ing your own. It’s al­most like play­ing drums with your feet,’’ Ms Har­ris said.

There was no tap school when she first started in Taupo 10 years ago and this is the first time students from Dance 101, for­merly Dance­workz have gone through to na­tional nom­i­na­tions.

The school is hop­ing for do­na­tions or spon­sor­ship to get Cameron and Danielle to Well- in­g­ton on Novem­ber 9 for the na­tion­als.

‘‘The main ex­penses are trans­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion. This is such a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for these two and any sup­port we can get would be in­cred­i­ble.’’

To help the pair and for more in­for­ma­tion, contact Joanna on

TAP STARS: Toko­roa High School’s Cameron Short and Danielle Har­ris from Taupo-nui-a-Tia Col­lege both re­ceived be­tween 96 and 100 per cent in their level 7 dance ex­ams.

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