Dancers of­fer new­show

Con­cert will help get young dancers to na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

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Top young­wai­heke dancers are putting on a show to raise money to en­ter a na­tional per­form­ing arts com­pe­ti­tion.

The se­nior show-team from Louise Emma Academy of Dance is putting on a cush­ion con­cert to help get seven dancers to the Per­form­ing Arts Com­pe­ti­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand Na­tional Young Per­former Awards in Palmer­ston North in Oc­to­ber.

The dancers, aged 13 to 22, are ‘‘very ex­cited’’ to have been nom­i­nated for the na­tional con­test, dancer Mac Suther­land (17) said.

This will be the first time a Wai­heke troupe has per­formed at the na­tional event.

The­wai­heke con­cert on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16, will fea­ture about 12 teenage dancers per­form­ing new so­los, duets and favourite troupe dances. The in­ter­me­di­ate troupe will also per­form.

The dances have been pol­ished through per­for­mances in com­pe­ti­tions across Auck­land dur­ing the year.

The style and mood ranges from sassy jazz to mov­ing lyri­cal and dy­namic con­tem­po­rary per­for­mances, dancer Kayla Hamil­ton said.

‘‘This will be a great op­por­tu­nity for the public to see th­ese dances, most of which haven’t been per­formed on the is­land be­fore,’’ Hamil­ton said.

The con­cert will be suit­able for all ages and will be at Te Hu­ruhi Pri­mary School hall on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16, at 3pm.the show is BYO cush­ions and tick­ets will be avail­able at the door for a $5 min­i­mum dona­tion.

Wai­heke Ro­tary and a huge num­ber of is­land busi­nesses and res­i­dents have do­nated money for the troupe to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

Louise Emma Academy of Dance stu­dents hope to per­form in a na­tional con­test. LENKA TENGBLAD

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