An expression of creativity
Twelve Manawatu dance schools with a combined corps of more than 200 jigged, jived and pirouetted across the Regent on Broadway stage at the weekend.
The biennial Palmerston North Dance Association (PNDA) showcase provides dance teachers and their pupils with an opportunity to show off in a noncompetitive way, according to association president Maryanne Mechen.
"It’s all about the dance schools, and as an event, it always exceeds expectations. It’s much more relaxed than the competitions, and the kids just go for it.’’
Part of the attraction for the young dancers is getting to perform on the large Regent on Broadway stage. For the teachers, it’s the opportunity to rub shoulders, compare notes and brag a little about the calibre of talent they are channelling.
‘‘It’s a combination of creativity, artistry, passion and raw energy. The dancers really throw themselves into it. We put it [the event] on for them, and they put it on for us.’’
A feature of the PNDA’s calendar since 2000, this year’s celebration of dance in many of its varied forms, saw three new schools take part Anomaly, Hipnotise Belly Dance and The Gap. Anomaly turned up with an all-age troupe of 50 dancers.
Dance 2016guest performers were ballet dancer Charlotte Gilmour, modern dancer Meg Morrison and tap dancer Marion Sun, all PNDA nominees to the Performing Arts Competition National Young Performer Awards.
Meg Morrison from Maureen Ax School of Dance performs during the Palmerston North Dance Association’s spectacular Dance 2016 on Sunday.