Get­ting funky on the fore­court

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - ALICE ANGELONI

Stu­dent and part time petrol pump at­ten­dant Luka Coura has been stop­ping traf­fic with his dance moves.

The 16-year-old Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege stu­dent works for Z En­ergy in Blen­heim. But when he’s not busy pump­ing petrol or clean­ing wind­screens, the out­go­ing teen has been putting on a fore­court floor show.

Coura started work at the Red­wood­town-based petrol sta- tion two months ago

Since then, Coura has made a habit of reg­u­larly strutting his stuff on the fore­court.

His orig­i­nal chore­og­ra­phy has made him an in­stant hit with the cus­tomers - with some even join­ing in.

He said he be­gan to dance one day when busi­ness was par­tic­u­larly slug­gish. ‘‘It was a bit of a slow day. Some peo­ple started notic­ing me and they started smil­ing and wav­ing and com­pli­ment­ing me.’’

‘‘I think peo­ple should try to ex­press them­selves. I mean, if it fails it fails. There’s not re­ally much of a con­se­quence,’’ he said.

Orig­i­nally from Bos­ton Mas­sachusetts, the year 11 stu­dent has been in New Zealand for the past 10 years.

He said his unique style of danc­ing is en­tirely his own and has not been di­rectly in­spired by any fa­mous groovers.

‘‘Ran­dom’’ best de­scribes his moves, he said .

De­spite be­com­ing a bit of a lo­cal celebrity, Coura has no plans to pur­sue a ca­reer in dance when he fin­ishes school. In­stead, a full time job at the petrol sta­tion looks ap­peal­ing.

If that doesn’t work out, act­ing and bar­tend­ing are next on his list.

‘‘I re­ally en­joy the peo­ple there … I en­joy the co-work­ers and I en­joy danc­ing.

‘‘At one point two moth­ers started danc­ing with me, that was pretty fun.

‘‘An­other time, some­one said ‘I saw you danc­ing with those two brushes, I think you should wash my car’’’.

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