Perfecting their dance moves

Thursday September 24, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Choreographer and dancer Jackie Tuara (standing at right) during the 2014 Te Maeva Nui festival for Vaka Takitumu. 14080424 Choreographer and dancer Jackie Tuara (standing at right) during the 2014 Te Maeva Nui festival for Vaka Takitumu. 14080424

Rarotonga is humming with energy in preparation for the ‘Olympic Games’ of the country - the 2020 Cook Islands Games.

Dance rehearsals, sports training and fundraisers have been taking place for the past few months.

The cultural practises for 120 dancers and 30 drummers have now reached the “polishing stages”.

Leader of the dance troupe, choreographer Jackie Tuara says, it’s pressure time.

“There is a lot more attention that needs to be given to polishing, you’ve got to try as best as you can to have every dancer in sync, actions, hips,” Tuara said.

“The pressure for everyone is that they will be dancing in front of their own home audience that will be livestreamed, that’s the pressure, dancing in front of your own people.”

Lead drummer Travel Purua from Vaka Puaikura and the band of drummers have selected drum beats from each island that are compiled into a rhythmic medley for the drum dance item.

A video documentary is being created, recording all that is involved in the production, from the composers to the rehearsals and costume making.

“The film is about capturing the spirit of Cook Islands culture, bringing everyone together with interviews of various experts with their views,” said Tuara.

Tuara is appreciative of the time and commitment the dancers have put in to attend practise as well as participating in three or four sports events at the games.

Creation of the simple, natural costumes will start this weekend, call Tuara on 50625 if you are available to help out.

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