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Dance for Life Academy students show skills in Festival of Dance1 min read

Oct 4, 2022 < 1 min

Dance for Life Academy students show skills in Festival of Dance1 min read

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The recent Festival of Dance at Onehunga’s Dance for Life Academy was the culmination of a season of fun and learning for students, who were able to show their skills on stage to an audience of family, friends and visitors.

The school runs classes from pre-school children to adults – or as they put it, from cygnets to swans, and every class was represented on stage at the festival.

“It was a cross section of the whole of our Dance for Life Academy from ages 5 to 80 performing on stage who were able to dance together and present the very best of the skills that each of these classes have achieved over the past year on stage,” says school director Kathleen Curwen-Walker.

The festival programme opened with the Senior Swans on stage in full gowns and diamonds performing the Emperor Waltz from My Fair Lady, featured the advanced classes in beautiful classical white tutus, and the youngest students proudly performing their dances.

“Throughout the programme we interspersed the genres of ballet and jazz and lyrical and contemporary dance, and the age groups and it culminated in a big finale where everyone got together on stage. This really reflected what we do here, for all ages.”

At the academy in Galway Street, Kathleen and her staff focus on bringing the joy of dance to students, and teach genres including ballet, lyrical and jazz and there are classes suitable for all ages, for those who have danced before, or beginners.

Their next event is the Kids End of Year Showcase and Party on 16th December.
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