Getting funky on the forecourt
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’’’.