Dance spectacle promises to be ‘breathtaking’
A celebration of dance in many of its varied forms hits the Regent on Broadway boards this Sunday. Dance 2016, the Palmerston North Dance Association’s (PNDA) biennial showcase features 12 dance schools in recital.
President Maryanne Mechen says the event has been a feature of the PNDA’s calendar since 2000.
This year there are nine schools from Palmerston North taking part, two from Levin and a combined Feilding/Marton entry.
The dancers will be representing Anomaly, Hipnotise Belly Dance, Cailin Irish Dance, Danceworks, Evole Performing Arts from the Macdonald School of Dance, Feilding and Marton’s Dance Unlimited, the Dean McKerras School Of Dance, the Michelle Robinson School of Dance, The Gap and the Maureen Ax School of Dance.
Maureen was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list to recognise her dedication to dance.
From Levin, there’s the Catherine Inger School of Dance and Kate Martin School Of Dance.
Each dance school brings a distinct flavour to the event, with ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, traditional Irish dance and musical theatre on show.
‘‘The concert is a treat for the senses – the choreography, costuming and the raw energy from the dancers is truly awesome,’’ Maryanne says.
‘‘It can quite literally take your breath away.’’
The showcase includes performances from three guest artists. Ballet dancer Charlotte Gilmour and modern dancer Meg Morrison were PNDA nominees to the National Young Performer Awards run by the Performing Arts Competition Association NZ (PACANZ) held in the city last October. Tap dancer Marion Sun was nominated after the PNDA’s competitions in March this year.
As well as promoting and fostering the practice and appreciation of all dance forms, the event also raises funds to continue supporting dancers, dance teachers and dance schools throughout the region.
‘‘Our dance teachers need to be applauded for their often selfless commitment to fostering talent and the enjoyment of dance in our young people,’’ Maryanne says.
‘‘The results on show at Dance 2016 will speak for themselves.’’
Bookings for Sunday’s 3pm performances in the Regent are $14 adult, $7 child through Ticket Direct and door sales on the day.