With Te Mire Ura, the Dancer of the Year event set to be held on Thursday, exercise instructors Ngatokorima Paia, Mona Taio and Louisa Purea wanted to acknowledge the young women in the competition.
Purea said the young ladies Tori Sosene, Leigh Emile, Martha Strickland, Ambushia Mateariki, Nicolea Mateariki and Nii Terepita will perform in the intermediate and senior sections.
“Their talent and skills were highly demonstrated in our weekly classes so a decision to host a class in recognition of their talents was made,” she said.
“We have prepared for many weeks leading up to the day and we’re excited and are extremely grateful for the support given from both the community, supporting parties and sponsors,” said Purea.
Purea acknowledged the impact of Covid-19 on the nation and the sentiments felt.
“We wanted to bring the community together to celebrate our culture, celebrate health and fitness and to celebrate and applaud these young ladies.”
Former dance champion Jeanine (Shine) Tuavera Piri, who held the title in 1993, 1994 and 1996, is a proud supporter of the cultural event.
She was inspired by the Te Ivi Maori Dance Troupe.
“They were the best of the best, they were all champions in their own right,” Piri said.
“For me, it wasn’t really about the tune of the song, but more so living the song, knowing every word and understanding the lyrics.”
The juniors and intermediate dancers will perform on Thursday night at the national auditorium.