Te Mire Ura Expatriate, Masters and Experts dancers, prepare for tonight’s cultural extravaganza. Photo: Melina Etches/22052606
For a night of cultural entertaining extravaganza, watch 17 dancers showcase their skills on stage at Te Mire Ura Expatriates, Masters and Experts cultural dancing competition which kicks off tonight at Rehab Nightclub.
Joining for the first time is Puapua Inano Mcmurchy who will be performing in the Masters section.
Since moving back home 20 years ago, every time the
dance competition came up, she would say, “I’m going to do it… and every time I
kept missing it.”
This time around she said she was “brave” enough to
register for the annual competition and is excited to be representing Titama in
Growing up in a family of dancers, Tatiana Paulo is
excited to be on stage again representing her home island of Araura Enua in the
Paulo grew up in Tahiti and moved back to Cook Islands
over 10 years ago. “Dancing is like reconnecting with my family, going back to
the ‘pito’, the bloodlines of my family.”
The theme for all cultural activities this year is “Te
au Vairakau Tupuna o toku Matakeinanga/Enua, the Traditional Medicine of my
Community/Island”. Dancers must portray the theme in their items.
This year the Experts section will have new trophies
for the female and male champions, proudly sponsored by current Experts dance
champion Alana Short and her family.
The Expatriate section will feature Shannon Dixon and
Robert Ioaba, the Ministry of Culture national events
manager, said: Again, we look forward to another exciting evening with our
dancers showing their talent in the richness of our Cook Islands dance and
Masters (47 -59 years) Slow beat x 5, Fast Beat x 5.
In order of appearance: Lawrencia Williams - Tamure Cook Islands and Manihiki
Henua, Nga Daniel - Araura Enua, Puapua Inano Mcmurchy - Titama Matavera, Pozo
Ngaroi -Takuvaine, Puna Strickland - Teauotonga, Tina Mummy Rimatutu - Araura
CC Tamure, Nooroa Ngametua - Mangaia, Lotiola Mateariki - Akatokamanava, Rebecca
Ellis - Oire Nikao.
Experts (30 - 46 years) Slow beat x 6, Fast beat x 6.
In order of appearance: Pare Kaveao - Vaka Takitumu, Pongi Oti - Mauke Enua, Uirangi
Bishop - Araura Enua & CC Tamure, Tupa - Tereora College, Tatiana Paulo - Aitutaki
Enua/Vaka Puaikura, Akaiti Purea - Mauke Enua.
Tickets are selling at $10 (door sales at Rehab
Nightclub) while pre-paid tickets are $5. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts