Court­ney takes her dream to Aus­tralia

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - The Country - Lau­rilee McMichael

Court­ney Con­stance says she al­ways knew she wanted to dance.

And now the tal­ented Taupo¯ teen is fol­low­ing her dance dream to Aus­tralia, where she has been ac­cepted for the full-year dance train­ing pro­gramme and a par­tial schol­ar­ship at the pres­ti­gious Et­ting­shausens Per­form­ing Arts School in Aus­tralia.

Court­ney has been study­ing clas­si­cal bal­let, con­tem­po­rary and jazz through Dance Cen­tral as well as de­vel­op­ing her chore­o­graphic skills for Tauhara Col­lege’s dance groups. She has com­peted across the coun­try in dance com­pe­ti­tions and has been part of Dance Cen­tral’s Se­nior Per­for­mance troupe which has com­peted at PACANZ and Coca-Cola Christ­mas in the Park.

This year Court­ney gained Dis­tinc­tion in her Royal Academy of Dance grade 8 bal­let exam, APDA con­tem­po­rary level 8, AJDA ad­vanced 2 jazz and Solo Seal jazz ex­ams, all with out­stand­ing re­sults. Since Court­ney be­gan dance she has gained Dis­tinc­tion re­sults in al­most ev­ery exam she has done. She and two other Dance Cen­tral dancers, Alana Poin­ton and Aimee Cole­man, gained three of the top five plac­ings in the APDA con­tem­po­rary grade this year.

Court­ney leaves Taupo¯ on Jan­u­ary 24 and has a week to find a place to live be­fore the course starts. Af­ter it fin­ishes in De­cem­ber she would like to move onto danc­ing on cruise ships but says she ex­pects Et­ting­shausens will open up a range of new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A rel­a­tive late­comer to the art, Court­ney be­gan danc­ing at 11 and her teach­ers say that right from the start her cheer­ful smile, pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion sig­nalled a bright fu­ture.

“I al­ways had a pas­sion for danc­ing. I used to dance around the house and re­ally en­joyed it and then started do­ing dance les­sons, and soon af­ter I started do­ing dance com­pe­ti­tions.”

Court­ney has spe­cialised in bal­let, jazz, con­tem­po­rary and hip hop and has also done mu­si­cal the­atre and lyri­cal dance for com­pe­ti­tions. When she started at col­lege she got even more in­volved and be­gan to dance a lot at school. She went on to chore­o­graph dance items, sev­eral of which have won na­tional dance com­pe­ti­tions that school dance groups have been to.

“I kind of just al­ways knew that I wanted to dance. I couldn’t think of any­thing else I wanted to do.

Tauhara Col­lege’s Dance NZ Made win­ning en­try Un­steady was chore­ographed by Court­ney and she also was a mem­ber of Young Queenz which won the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in 2016.

Court­ney Con­stance per­form­ing her Mu­si­cal The­atre com­pe­ti­tion dance

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