Dance students show their best moves

Saturday 25 August 2018 | Written by Jaimie Keay | Published in Hot on the Rock


Dance students show their best moves
A hip-hop-inspired routine captured the audience's attention on Thursday night at the National Auditorium.

Tereora College dance students treated their audience to an exciting variety of dance styles at the National Auditorium on Thursday night.

The students treated friends and family to a variety of routines, as part of various assessments.

The main part of the evening was dedicated to the Level 3 students who had to choreograph a routine, as well as decide their routine’s lighting arrangement and the costume designs for each of their dancers.

The theme for their assessments was “Turanga Vaevae”, with Year 13 students O-hiva Williams and Kiana Puna behind the microphone’s to MC the evening’s festivities.

Teacher Merle Pukerua said the variety of routines was “a joy” to watch.

“Each of the students put their individualism into their routines and when you see what they all can create and achieve it is outstanding.

“Dance is a fantastic form of expression and I am really proud of each of the students and what they showcased to our wider community.”

One of the night’s biggest cheers was reserved for a jive routine by the Level 2 students, with the boys looking sharp in white shirts, black pants and either a bow-tie or tie, while the ladies stunned in long dresses and heels.

Another highlight was two routines that combined cultural dancing styles.

One was a blend of Cook Islands and Fijian dance, while the other involved Cook Islands dancing and Tahitian moves.

Principal Tania Morgan spoke about the school’s continual focus on growing the performing arts aspect of the students’ learning.

“I stood here last year and announced that we would be taking a group of students to Polyfest in Auckland as part of our long-term plan to grow our performing arts at Tereora.

“We have really seen a growth in our dance programme and it is a testament to our staff who go above and beyond to support our students and help them achieve their best.”