Dance holiday programme to bring the groove
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.