Pair Achieve Dance Double

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PAS DE DEUX: Kimiora Grey, left, and Alice Macann from the Peta Spooner Academy of Dance have been accepted for the Te Whea New Zealand School of Dance and Drama

Getting one student into a top dance school is good but Wakatu Dance Theatre director Peta Spooner reckons getting two in is pretty astounding.Miss Spooner has been teaching dance for 40 years, and in that time has had six students go to New Zealand’s best dance school, the Te Whea New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington.

Two of those got the tap on the shoulder this week.

Kimiora Grey, 18, and Alice Macann, 16, will next year start the three-year course in contemporary dance. Miss Spooner said that to get in, they had to rank against the best aspiring professional dancers in the country.

Kimiora was bucking a trend where not many Maori were classical dancers, she said.

Kimiora, who started dancing at the age of eight, said she had had a lot of support from Miss Spooner as she went through dance school and had plans to reach the professional level.

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