Dancers win medals

Posted by Anna on October 3, 2014

Seven dancers from Dance Wanaka participated in BBO Theatre Awards last month (20 Sept), and proudly scooped nine medals and ribbons.  The dancers performed classical ballet, barefoot, jazz lyrical & demi character items in front of an Australian adjudicator.

The Theatre Awards provides an opportunity for young Wanaka dancers to gain performance experience and learn a solo item, that was critiqued this year by Joanne Stevens from Sydney.  The young performers will now compete alongside other similarly aged dancers from around the South Island at Alexandra Performing Art Competitions in November.

During the weekend, fifty ballet dancers aged 5-12 years sat British Ballet Organisation ballet assessments & examinations.  Girls and boys learn exercises at specific graded levels and learn to polish their steps to performance level, before moving on to the next level.   This concludes examinations for the year by Dance Wanaka students, whereby dancers have also participated in Jazz & Hip Hop examinations this year.  

Dancers pictured who participated in Theatre Awards were from left : Hazel Murray (8), Holly Grace Davey (9), Elizabeth Pell (6), Tru Bowie (8), Rogue Ferguson (11), Grace Thomas (6) and Tayla Doran (8).