Chance to dance

NZ Life & Leisure - - Life Is Beautiful -

Sarah and Re­bekah’s love of the arts was al­ways given full sup­port. “At one stage we were driv­ing to Blen­heim four nights a week to dancing, mu­sic lessons and gym­nas­tics,” says mum Cather­ine. Sarah was a rep­re­sen­ta­tive gym­nast be­fore tak­ing up jazz bal­let. Re­bekah started with Scot­tish High­land dancing, mov­ing to hip- hop then Latin dance styles. While Sarah’s cur­rent “man­u­fac­tur­ing mode” means she has lit­tle time to dance, Re­bekah still heads down to a lo­cal stu­dio to do salsa or zouk most nights af­ter her nine- hour paint­ing day. Brazil­ian zouk is a part­ner- led freestyle dance with its roots in the pop­u­lar 80s dance, lam­bada. Be­fore paint­ing took over, Re­bekah taught gui­tar to 40 stu­dents a week, and set up Street Dance Fed­er­a­tion with her po­lice re­cruit- as­pi­rant sis­ter Char­lotte. The not-for- profit hip- hop school has pro­vided back­ing dancers to New Zealand mu­si­cians. “We got to chore­o­graph pieces for Trin­i­tyRoots, The Black Seeds and Tiki Taane for the Sweet Az Sun Fes­ti­val in 2016. It was fan­tas­tic to be able to give our stu­dents such great op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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