Dance spec­ta­cle prom­ises to be ‘breath­tak­ing’

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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