Top DanceNZ­made com­pe­ti­tion pop­u­lar


A pres­ti­gious in­ter-school dance com­pe­ti­tion, es­tab­lished by the Dean McKer­ras School of Dance seven years ago, is reap­ing div­i­dends and bring­ing hun­dreds of young dancers to the Re­gent on Broad­way to per­form.

The in­ter-school re­gional com­pe­ti­tion is be­ing held at the Re­gent on Au­gust 29 and 30 with the na­tional fi­nal also sched­uled for here on Septem­ber 17.

The DanceNZ­made com­pe­ti­tion, which pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for both teach­ers and stu­dents, is open to pri­mary, in­ter­me­di­ate and sec­ondary stu­dents in the Manawatu and sup­ple­ments what’s hap­pen­ing with dance in the Year 1 to 13 school cur­ricu­lum.

The stu­dents com­pete in the var­i­ous year groups and also in open cat­e­gories which are across sev­eral year groups.

Dean McKer­ras cre­ated the DanceNZ­made brand to utilise the avail­able tal­ent in teach­ing which benefits both them and the stu­dents they teach.

‘‘It gives teach­ers and stu­dents a plat­form to show and cri­tique the work that’s tak­ing place in schools and en­ables them to com­pare what they’re do­ing with other schools,’’ he says. ‘‘One of the great­est benefits is to in­spire stu­dents to raise their stan­dard of per­for­mance and push the lim­its.’’

In the last seven years the com­pe­ti­tion has gone from one two­day event to seven re­gional com­pe­ti­tion days and the na­tional fi­nal. About 500 stu­dents will be in­volved from around the Manawatu re­gion at the end of Au­gust.

Dean ex­plains there are three com­po­nents to DanceNZ­made; ·The in­ter-school · The syl­labus, which is adopted by 15 stu­dios around New Zealand

· Ex­change – two days of ex­chang­ing great dance through work­shops and com­pe­ti­tion.

When the stu­dents ar­rive on Au­gust 29 and 30, they re­hearse their en­try, watch other stu­dents per­form, par­tic­i­pate in three dance work­shops taken by New Zealand dance spe­cial­ists, then, from 6pm, take part in the com­pe­ti­tion which is open to the public.

They’ll com­pete in a range of gen­res such as hip hop, jazz, mu­si­cal the­atre, lyri­cal and con­tem­po­rary with top scor­ing teams from every school go­ing to the na­tion­als as well as the winners on the night.

This year Dean is in­tro­duc­ing a solo cat­e­gory with the top-scor­ing stu­dent win­ning an LA Dance Tour courtesy of a New Zealand-based com­pany, World Class Dance Tours.

Au­di­ences are in­vited to the Au­gust 29 and 30 even­ing per­for­mances from 6pm at the Re­gent on Broad­way. Book­ings at Tick­etDirect.

Team­work is es­sen­tial for in­ter-school win­ning teams.

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