Dancing loud and proud
Drums and dance filled the Tokoroa High School hall as Te Eiva Nui launched the Cook Islands dance competition at the weekend.
Cook Island dancers as young as five showcased their skills and embraced the rhythmic culture.
Event organiser Akarere Henry said the event had a positive turnout.
‘‘It was a very successful event with all corners of our community represented and in attendance.’’
She believed the competition was a great way to celebrate the Cook Islands culture.
‘‘We believe in nurturing and upholding our Cook Islands culture through the various expressions of dance, song and language,’’ she said.
Henry is one of six volunteers in Te Eiva Nui which is in its seventh year of running the popular competition.
The next show is planned for 2016.
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