Dance con­test draws tal­ent

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Dance­town Palmer­ston North gets its prance on this week­end.

The Palmer­ston North Dance As­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing its first com­pe­ti­tion for 2016 this Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day – an event in­volv­ing 300 in­di­vid­ual and group en­tries from 150 com­peti­tors.

The PNDA’s Maryanne Mechen says the high en­trant num­bers from around the North Is­land, are ex­tremely pleas­ing.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion cov­ers a com­bi­na­tion of open and re­stricted classes cov­er­ing a broad range of age group­ings, from 6 and un­der to 16 and over. The en­try num­bers are con­sis­tent with the in­crease of num­bers last year, mak­ing for an ex­cit­ing com­pe­ti­tion and some hard de­ci­sions for our ad­ju­di­ca­tor Daniel Cooper from Auck­land.’’

The open group classes cover two age groups, un­der 13yrs and 13yrs and over, fea­ture a range of dance styles that in­clude mu­si­cal theatre and an en­ter­tain­ment class.

Re­stricted classes are for non-win­ners in the clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary bal­let, jazz and hip-hop dance styles.

As a mem­ber of the Per­form­ing Arts Com­pe­ti­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (PACANZ), the PNDA is able to send a nom­i­nee to the young per­former na­tional awards. The yearly awards came to the city in 2014 and will com­plete a se­cond two-year cy­cle in 2017.

This year the Pacanz nom­i­na­tion na­tional award classes are bal­let, tap, pianoforte and vo­cal, while to cel­e­brate the 40th year of Pacanz in Oc­to­ber, a dance troupe nom­i­na­tion class in any dance style, has been added.

‘‘The nom­i­na­tion classes at­tract dance com­peti­tors to our lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions from around the coun­try, all want­ing to se­cure a 2016 nom­i­na­tion.’’

PHOTO: GRANT MATTHEW/FAIRFAX NZ

Dancers from around the North Is­land will spend this week­end in the Re­gent on Broad­way try­ing for Per­form­ing Arts Com­pe­ti­tion As­so­ci­a­tion nom­i­na­tions for the na­tional awards in Oc­to­ber.

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