Ellis will be part of the Golden Oldies Masters category at the Te Mire Ura, Dancer of the Year at the Rehab Night Club tonight. This is organised by the Ministry of Culture.
She was part of the Golden Oldies competition in 2015, 2016 and last year.
“I join for the love of dancing, music and participation in supporting our culture. I want to encourage other Mama’s to be confident and join the competition. Overall, it’s fun,” she said.
She said that in the Cook Islands, a child starts dancing at a very young age, maybe at four years old.
“In the schools, they encourage our children to dance, sing and play instruments. They have the school culture festivals too.”
She said she joined the Dancer of the Year in 1989 at the Tamure Resort.
Ellis was also dancing for the Tupapa Marairenga Dance group in 1987.
And in 1988 that the Tupapa Marairenga and the Karioi Dance groups were the Cook Islands National Arts Theatre group that represented the Cook Islands in Townsville, Australia for the 5th Pacific Arts Festival.
Ellis says her performance tomorrow is a secret and encourages the public to support all the participants in the Expat and Marsters category.
Tonight’s Masters category will have nine males and seven females competing.
The event starts at 8pm and doors open at 7.30pm.