Te Mire Ura: ‘Dancing portrays where I come from’

Thursday 23 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture

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Te Mire Ura: ‘Dancing portrays where I come from’
Martha Taramai Strickland will take to the stage tonight. 20072204

Eighteen year old Martha Taramai Strickland began dancing at a very young age.

Martha was introduced to culture by her parents Jane and Phillip who were members of Te Korero Maori dance group.

“My parents encouraged me to keep dancing so it’s natural for me now and I’ve grown to love it, dancing portrays who I am and where I come from.”

An experienced dancer she is also a member of several dance teams on the island.

She participated in Te Mire Ura seniors category last year and is “nervously excited” to dance in the competition for the second time.

Fifteen dancers will showcase their talents in the slow and fast beat items this evening.

Te Mire Ura starts tonight at 7pm at the National Auditorium, the entry fee is a gold coin donation.