Dancing loud and proud

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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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