Tauhara dance group takes out cham­pi­onship

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Tauhara Col­lege danced its way to suc­cess at the Dance NZ­made com­pe­ti­tion at the Great Lake Centre on Au­gust 9.

Thirty-two stu­dents en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion, ten of which are in the dance crew SO­LACE.

SO­LACE com­peted at re­gion­als tak­ing out four of the five solo cat­e­gories, plus got many chore­og­ra­phy awards and a spe­cial di­rec­tor’s choice award, leav­ing Tauhara Col­lege the over­all cham­pi­ons for Dance NZ­made 2017.

Dance teacher Jacinda Wil­son said she is proud of her stu­dents and how far they have come

‘‘Com­pe­ti­tions like this give us an op­por­tu­nity to help stu­dents with per­sonal growth in so many ar­eas.

‘‘They learn how to work as a team and get along with each other, cope with stress, take care of oth­ers and much more.’’

‘‘I get teary ev­ery time I think about how proud I am. I am very lucky to have such won­der­ful, hard work­ing stu­dents,’’ she said.

This has been the most suc­cess­ful com­pe­ti­tions SO­LACE has com­peted in so far, tak­ing out seven of the eight cat­e­gories. ‘‘It was a tough com­pe­ti­tion.’’ From here two of the solo cham­pi­ons and three of the cham­pion groups will go the Na­tional Dance NZ­made com­pe­ti­tions on Septem­ber 23 in Palmer­ston North, to com­pete for the Na­tional ti­tle.

JO DAVIES

Tauhara Col­lege at Dance NZ­made com­pe­ti­tion

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