Tutu-clad dads ‘beautiful’

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Dazzling dads prepare for ballet debut

FOCUSED ON MOVES: Fathers of Wakatu Dance Theatre dancers rehearse in their custom-made tutus, for the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in the Kaleidoscope of Colour show at the Theatre Royal.
FOCUSED ON MOVES: Fathers of Wakatu Dance Theatre dancers rehearse in their custom-made tutus, for the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in the Kaleidoscope of Colour show at the Theatre Royal.

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

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