Line dancers learn from top chore­og­ra­pher

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By DEIRDRE THOMAS Work­shop or­gan­iser

Chris­tine Stewart, one of New Zealand’s top line danc­ing chore­og­ra­phers, came to Dan­nevirke Novem­ber 3, af­ter a re­quest to have a work­shop in Dan­nevirke.

Chris­tine, from Welling­ton, has her own dance com­pany Sil­ver Lin­ing Line Dance, where she teaches 10 to 15 classes a week from be­gin­ner to ad­vanced.

Fri­day night was a meet Chris­tine night for the Dan­nevirke Ser­vices and Cit­i­zen’s Line Dancers Club mem­bers be­fore Satur­day’s work­shop. Chris­tine brought a few of her dancers with her to help with the work­shop.

Chris­tine had writ­ten some dances re­cently and was go­ing to teach them in Dan­nevirke be­fore teach­ing oth­ers — an hon­our for the Dan­nevirke Dancers. The word soon got around and be­fore Dan­nevirke knew it 60 dancers from the lower North Is­land in­di­cated they would like to join in. A few from Hamil­ton also came along with Phoenix Adam­son, who teaches in Hamil­ton.

More than 80 dancers con­gre­gated on Satur­day for a rare treat.

It was a busy day. They were taught three dances be­fore lunch at Dan­nevirke Ser­vices and Cit­i­zens Club and then re­turned to the Sports Cen­tre for an­other three dances in the af­ter­noon as well as a re­fresher of the ones learnt in the morn­ing. The work­shop fin­ished with af­ter­noon tea.

Satur­day night was a so­cial night at the Dan­nevirke Ser­vices and Cit­i­zens Club — each group had dances to share and about 40 en­joyed a good night’s danc­ing af­ter a full day.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon the club dancers put on a dis­play for the Club’s women’s af­ter­noon.

They did four dances show­ing the 60 women who at­tended that it is not all “tra­di­tional” coun­try, with dances done to Pretty Belinda and Break­ing Up is Hard To Do. They taught a cou­ple of dances to more than half the women so they can join in the fun when bands play at the Club.

Eighty line-dancers all in synch at the Dan­nevirke Sports Cen­tre Novem­ber 3.

Top line-dance chore­og­ra­pher Chris­tine Stewart teaches a new step.

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