Putting a shimmy into summer
Dance tutors Louise Baker and Georgia Bergerson could be hoping for slightly cooler temperatures next week. If not, the Maureen Ax Dance Studio in Roxburgh Cres is really going to cook – in a good way. The studio’s two former pupils have recently returned from working in Europe, and are holding a summer dance school embracing a range of modern dance styles.
‘‘It’s jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, acting, commercial – for music videos, and lyrical. Not ballet.’’ Georgia explains. ‘‘It’s showing all the styles, and also that you can crossover by being open to new things.’’
Both are looking forward to being able to pass on their accumulated experience, joined by two other Palmerston North raised dancers, Brooke Parsons and Ria Simmons, and UK dancer, Ed Hall.
Georgia has spent the last five years in Germany. Her break came when at 18 and living in Palmerston North, she was cast in the New Zealand touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rollerskating extravaganza,
Starlight Express for Stetson Productions. That led to an audition for a German production, and she stayed a member of that cast for two-and-a-half years.
‘‘I then worked on a TV soap – a bit like Shortland Street, only dance based. It was awesome; I loved that. It was quite different to the the musical theatre scene.’’
The 25-year-old’s last role was as an ape in Tarzan – the Musical with seasons in Hamburg and in Stuttgart.
‘‘There’s a lot of aerial work, swinging on ropes and bungee harnesses.’’
Louise is back from London where she taught dance for two years at the famous Pineapple Studios’ Studio 68. Along with the life experience and new friends, she picked up on many new dance styles. Before London, she was in Melbourne and also enjoyed a sixmonth dance contract in the
Dominican Republic where she performed in shows every night.
‘‘We’re old friends,’’ Louise says, ‘‘and we have a lot to offer. It’ll be an amazing opportunity for young dancers to come and learn from the best.’’
Leaping into 2016, dancers Georgia Bergerson (left) and Louise Baker both bring extensive overseas experience to the summer dance school organised to pass on their knowledge and give back to their home town.