Dance students all set for Thursday concert

Saturday August 18, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Rose Vainetutai in practice mode before next Thursday’s assessment. 18081727 Rose Vainetutai in practice mode before next Thursday’s assessment. 18081727

Tereora College dance students are putting the finishing touches on their routines ahead of Thursday night’s performance concert.

The concert was originally to have been held last term, but problems with the stage at the National Auditorium meant it had to be moved to this week.

Teacher Merle said the delay had given the students a chance to polish their routines.

“When we had to postpone, of course some of the students were disappointed. But I think most were pleased, as it gave them just a little bit more time to really ensure their performances are strong on the night.”

The evening serves as an assessment for Pukerua’s Level 3 students who have to choreograph a two-minute routine around the theme of “Turanga Vaevae”.

As well as choreographing the performances, the Level 3 students are also graded on their lighting and costume choices for the routines.

Pukerua said she had been impressed with the level of the routines presented by this year’s class.

“We have a very broad variety of genres across the dances, from contemporary to hip-hop to traditional Cook Islands dancing.

“We also will have a theatrical dance performance from our Year 9’s and a modern-jive/waltz from our Level 2 students.”

Pukerua said she would like to acknowledge the support received from the Ministry of Cultural Development ahead of Thursday night’s concert.

Tickets are still available for $5 from the Tereora College office and door sales will be available on the night.

The first performance is scheduled for 6.30pm.

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