Ninety students are about to hit the stage and share their sheer love of dancing, reports Judith Ritchie.
A group of dancers aged from tiny tots of four to senior students of 18 aim to share the complete delight the dancers feel when on stage at the Theatre Royal.
Dance is Contagious, led by Wakatu Dance Theatre’s director, Peta Spooner, celebrates dance in all it’s forms and allows each student to shine on stage.
“There is always an energetic, fun and friendly atmosphere on stage, while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and we love to dance and it’s contagious.” says Spooner.
The music has been chosen by the group to reflect their favourite tunes, while dancers will mix ages with some senior students leading and assisting the younger ones.
“Music and dance goes side by side to move us and entertain us and most importantly for everyone to enjoy,” says Spooner. “If it inspires people, great. We hope it will give the audience an insight to our philosophy and sense of community.”
Costumes are set to delight the audience while the Theatre Royal will provide the perfect venue for students to dance in a professional theatre setting while performing on stage for an audience.
Jessica Tuhua, age 9, who has been dancing in the studio for six years, is really looking forward to dancing on the Theatre Royal stage.
“I get really excited as the show is coming up, because I like being in front of large audiences,” says Jessica. “The show helps you get better because you know that your dancing is going to be presented in front of heaps of people.”
She says the opportunity also encourages students to perfect their moves, while basking on a stage aglow with lights.
“You just dance to the music, letting it flow through your body. It’s loveliness above all loveliness, and magic to be part of something so big.”
Dance is Contagious, Wakatu Dance Theatre, Theatre Royal, Rutherford St, Nelson. Thursday September 8, 7pm, Friday, 7pm, Saturday, 1.30pm & 7pm. Tickets from theatre phone: 03 548 3840, or online: TicketDirect, adult $20, senior $16, student $12
Source: The Nelson Mail