Dazzling dads prepare for ballet debut
Dads in tights, tutus and dyed undies are to come under the spotlight in an upcoming show at the Theatre Royal.
Kaleidoscope of Colour by Wakatu Dance Theatre will showcase classical ballet, modern jazz and contemporary dance in a choreographed and brightly-costumed show.
It will feature 130 students, from under-10s to the school’s more senior dancers, and some of their fathers – in tutus.
About a dozen dads will perform the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in custom-made outfits.
Peta Spooner, who choreographed the three-minute piece, said including the men was a tradition of the school that started in 1987.
They performed either the Nutcracker piece or one from Swan Lake. It was a way of having “total involvement”, rather than just leaving them to pay the bills.
One of the male dancers in this year’s show is a student’s grandfather, an original “swan” from more than 20 years ago.
The men appeared in costume for a dress rehearsal at the Theatre Royal last night after only three prior practices.
Ms Spooner said she was looking for cohesiveness, rather than perfection.
It was difficult to get leotards for men, so they wore tights and colourful dyed singlets and undies under their tutus instead.
“They look quite beautiful really,” she said.
Wakatu Dance Theatre committee member Christie Vining, who helped design the costumes, said they were a “brave bunch of guys”.
“They have picked up the whole dance routine in a very short space of time. They’re very co-ordinated and they’re taking it very seriously. Their headgear is the highlight – they’re made up of flowers. They look wonderful,” she said.
Lindsay Malpas, who works in the construction industry and whose 14-year old daughter, Hannah, goes to Wakatu Dance Theatre, is one of the swans.
It is old hat for him though, because he did it last year.
“It’s completely by choice. It’s a lot of fun. I suppose we take it a little bit seriously. We don’t want to muck up too much. We’re not going to be perfect and synchronised and all the rest of it, but it will be great and the audience have a good laugh. We’re laughing on the inside, but we have to put on a serious face. Most of us are concentrating on what we’re doing,” he said.
- Kaleidoscope of Colour, Wakatu Dance Theatre, Theatre Royal, 7pm tomorrow to Saturday with a 1.30pm matinee on Saturday.
Source: Nelson Mail http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/7300267/Tutu-clad-dads-beautiful
Hi everybody, just wanted to make quick mention of a few things:
Kaleidoscope of Colour is a family affair
Nearly everyone from the Wakatu Dance Theatre is involved in the school’s latest show, even the dancers’ fathers – in tutus.
Kaleidoscope of Colour, directed by Peta Spooner, is the dance school’s annual showcase.
The soundtrack includes suitably-named songs like Green Door, Purple Rain, White Wedding, Yellow and Black Box.
Kaleidoscope of Colour will showcase classical ballet, modern jazz and contemporary dance styles in a choreographed and brightly-costumed show.
It will feature 130 students, from the “cute” under-10s to the school’s more senior dancers.
Spooner says that while everyone’s role is important, the senior students are the “glue” that hold the show together.
There’s a gender imbalance, with only two junior boys and one senior, but the dancers’ fathers will shift the gender scales slightly.
More than 12 of them are training to perform the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in custom-made tutus.
Spooner says including the men is a tradition of the school that goes back more than 20 years.
They perform to either the Nutcracker piece or a piece from Swan Lake as a way of participating in something that’s usually mainly women-orientated.
“It’s really nice, because it’s total involvement. Normally dads just pay the bills,” she says.
There was a 10-year hiatus at one stage, but “we have brought it back because we have got a new round of men to pick on”.
One of the male dancers is a student’s grandfather, an original “swan” from more than 20 years ago.
- Kaleidoscope of Colour, The Peta Spooner Academy of Dance, Theatre Royal, 7pm July 19 to 21 with a 1.30pm matinee on July 21.
Source Nelson Mail: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/7260133/Tutus-for-all-dads-too
Attention Grade 5 Modern, Grade 6 Ballet, and Intermediate – Advanced 2 Modern and Ballet students
Contemporary workshop with past student Alice Macann from Footnote Dance
Monday 2nd July: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Arrive from 9am to warm-up.
Bring water bottles, healthy snacks and something for lunch as there will be a short lunch break.
$12 each. Bring cash with you please
Attention all students in Courtney Page’s Hip Hop Piece
Hip Hop Workshop with Shenoa and completion of Courtney’s dance
Tuesday 3rd July: 5.30 – 7pm
All students wishing to be in this dance must attend
Come and support our Jane in The Bride of the Year!
We have talked Jane into entering Bride of the Year and now we want to get as many people as possible to come along and support her. It will be a wonderful evening of entertainment watching beautiful brides, enjoying live music and taking part in auctions and raffles. Lots of spot prizes and of course it is all for the best cause – all proceeds go to the Nelson Regional Hospice. Tickets are $30 and include canapes, tea and coffee. A bar will be open at the event. Bring coins or notes along to vote for your favourite bride. Tickets may be purchased from Prices Pharmacy, Queen Street Pharmacy, Wakefield Pharmacy, and Astrolab Fashions in Motueka. Tickets go on sale this Friday – limited seats so get in quick!
12 – 1.15pm: Primary – Grade 2 Ballet
1.15 – 3.30pm: Everyone (Grade 3 ballet and up/Grade 1 Modern and up)
3.30 – 5pm: Seniors (Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 Ballet and Modern)
Saturday 15th July
12 – 2.30pm: Everyone (Primary – grade 2 ballet: 12 – 1.30pm) – FINALE PRACTISE AND FULL RUN THRU
Students need to come to rehearsal with healthy snacks, a water bottle, hair done correctly, and in their regulation gear. Make sure you bring your gear in a named bag. If you have to leave early, please speak with Peta or Jane. DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT TELLING US!
- A reminder that all students are expected to be at all rehearsals in the lead up to the show. It is not compulsory to be in the show, but if you are then you must attend rehearsals.
- For the younger children we ask that a parent or caregiver checks in at the start and end of each rehearsal as we share important messages at these times.
- Please don’t ask your child to wait outside for you, we would much prefer it if they waited inside with us where they are safe.
- We would also prefer that parents don’t stay during rehearsal unless they are helping, most of you know how congested the studio gets with all the students rehearsing together!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF THE SUCCESS OF THIS YEAR’S SPECTACLE OF DANCE AND COLOUR? July will be here sooner than we can imagine and our dancers have already started working hard on their show dances. We want this year’s show to be the best and brightest as always and a highlight of our dancers, young and not so young, year! But the teachers and the dancers can’t do it all by themselves.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Over the next few weeks we will be asking for registrations, rehearsals will pick up momentum, advertising will start, and the all important costuming will be a focus for us all. We need a Class Co-ordinator for each class group to help make the build up to the show, and performances, run smoothly and make the whole show experience a fun, exciting and stress free time for dancers, teachers and their families too. (see the attached ‘job description’ for more details on what the co-ordinator’s role is) So if you have a dancer in any of these classes listed and would like to be involved in making this year’s show another resounding success let us know.
- Primary Ballet
- Grade 1 Ballet
- Grade 2 Ballet
- Grade 3 Ballet
- Grade 4 Ballet
- Grade 5 Ballet
- Grade 6 Ballet
- Intermediate Ballet
- Primary Modern
- Grade 1 Modern
- Grade 3 Modern
- Grade 4 Modern
- Grade 5 Modern
- Intermediate Modern
- Advanced 1 Ballet/Modern
- Advanced 2 Ballet/Modern
And don’t worry if you aren’t able to be a class co-ordinator this time around we will still need plenty of volunteers to help with costuming design and creation (and not all of this creativity involves sewing!), backstage crew, dressing room helpers and party co-ordinators too.
LET’S ALL MAKE THIS THE BEST SHOW EVER . . . AGAIN!