Expat worker performs for the love of Cook Islands culture

Friday August 07, 2020 Written by Published in Entertainment
Marlon Marc Rebollos performing at last year’s Te Mire Ura. MELINA ETCHES 19050525 Marlon Marc Rebollos performing at last year’s Te Mire Ura. MELINA ETCHES 19050525

Marlon Marc Rebollos will be defending his Expatriate Dancer of the Year title at the Te Mire Ura event at the Rehab Night Club tonight.

Rebollos representing Highland Paradise says he arrived in Rarotonga in 2012 and since then has fallen in love with the way Cook Islanders have treasured their culture.

He who has been part of the competition since 2013, has been defending the title since then and each year he feels he competes against himself.

He said to be on stage again after a whole year, gives him a mixed feeling- a little nervous and a little excited.

“I feel I am competing against myself when I am trying to make Cook Islanders proud, I want them to accept me and see how much I love and respect their culture.”

He joined the competition because he admired the way people danced and swayed and moved with the beat of the drum.

Rebollos does his own choreography, and hopes to create another excitement for friends, families, the judges and all the spectators tonight.

“I thank the Ministry of Culture for making sure we have this event this year, despite the pandemic,” he adds.

Six dancers are competing for the Expat Category.

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