Dance contest draws talent
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.’’
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.