The junior and intermediate dancer of the year show ran late into the evening. But lovers of Cook Islands were not disappointed with the level of dance skills displayed.
Six junior dancers showed courage as they performed a slow and fast beat dance for an admiring crowd and a panel of high calibre judges who had their work cut out for them.
In the junior female section, Davinia Aererua was crowned Dancer of the Year for her well-honed performance while Nicolea Mateariki, who was radiant in a pink costume, took out second place.
Third went to the beautiful Anijoninah Marsters.
In the junior boys’ division, young Piritau Nga Jnr is following in his dad’s footsteps and picked up first place, while Ngatokorua Mateariki danced his way to second place.
The competitive intermediate section saw 11 youth dancers show off their traditional dancing prowess.
In the end the judges awarded talented Ambushia Mateariki with the intermediate Female Dancer of the Year crown, with Elizabeth Terepita coming second and the lovely Vetina Nicholas thrilled to take out third place.
Tamaiva Mateariki was the standout dancer in the intermediate boys’ division, taking out the crown ahead of Edward Nga who came second and Lawrence Makara who happily collected his award for third place.
Next week senior dancers will take to the Are Karioi stage for the division’s Dancer of the Year competition.
Meitaki maata to Karen Scott for sharing photos from the night’s colourful dance show.