Dance hol­i­day pro­gramme to bring the groove

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

South­land young­sters in­ter­ested in dance can raise their con­fi­dence in a fun and ca­sual way th­ese school hol­i­days.

A hol­i­day pro­gramme fo­cused on a range of dif­fer­ent dance styles is back and bring­ing estab­lished dancers to the re­gion again.

Jazz Time owner Lou Horo said chil­dren en­joyed their school hol­i­day pro­gramme which was ‘‘a good wee taster’’ of dance, fea­tur­ing a range of styles.

Estab­lished dancers from Aus­tralia and New Zealand were re­turn­ing this year to groove down south, with work­shops in the re­gion this week­end.

Chil­dren aged from 5 are be­ing en­cour­aged to head along to work­shops on hip hop, jazz, mu­si­cal the­atre, lyri­cal, cheer­lead­ing and con­tem­po­rary dance.

The work­shops are avail­able for be­gin­ners want­ing to try dance for the first time and ex­pe­ri­enced dancers want­ing to learn some­thing new.

For his sec­ond time, Blake Tuke, who hails from Auck­land but re­sides in Syd­ney, will be head­ing to the re­gion to run work­shops, along­side ‘‘old hats’’ of the pro­gramme Am­ber McIn­tosh of Dunedin, and Talia El­lis of Christchurch.

The three tutors are all pro­fes­sional dancers in their own right and are shar­ing their se­crets of the in­dus­try to promis­ing lo­cals in­ter­ested in dance.

In­ver­cargill was ‘‘quite iso­lated’’ so it was spe­cial to get the ex­perts down south, Horo said.

Tuke was ‘‘re­ally young’’, just 17 him­self, but all of the dancers en­joyed teach­ing in South­land.

‘‘They get so much out of teach­ing the kids.’’

Tuke will be teach­ing hip hop and con­tem­po­rary, McIn­tosh will be teach­ing jazz, mu­si­cal the­atre, lyri­cal and cheer­lead­ing, and El­lis will be teach­ing mu­si­cal the­atre, jazz and lyri­cal.

In the past, about 350 chil­dren took part, and were like ‘‘sponges’’ seek­ing in­for­ma­tion. ‘‘It’s very fun and re­laxed.’’ South­land young­sters tak­ing part will gained con­fi­dence learn­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment that wis ca­sual and has dancers of all lev­els, then will fin­ish with a cush­ion con­cert on Sun­day.

The con­cert is a good op­por­tu­nity for the young­sters to put their ‘‘glitzy’’ clothes and makeup on, and it is also good for par­ents to come watch. ‘‘They get in there and have a go.’’

Ses­sions will take place from Oc­to­ber 13 to 15 at Jazz Time, In­ver­cargill.


Jazz Time dancers from back left, Abby Gear, 17, Alice Gear, 14, and Grace Jack, 13, and front left, Ava Aitken, 12, Emma Quill, 7, and So­phie Quill, 12.

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