Family affair sets tone for Cinderella
Five sisters have created their own dance act to get audiences warmed up for Cinderella on Saturday.
It is the end-of-year production for the Sharon Rennie School of Dance in Blenheim and five of the dance school students - Kimberly, Georgia, Emily, Sophie and Charlotte Jones - will perform the opening item.
Kimberley, 17, who has just completed studying for her Royal Academy of Dance Grade 8, asked director Sharon Rennie if she and her sisters could do their own dance.
"Go ahead," Mrs Rennie said, "but you'll have to organise it."
Emily, 16, who has started Grade 8 ballet, and Georgia, 14, at Grade 6, offered some ideas to Kimberley, who choreographed the dance. The dance sequence, which is 2 minutes 10 seconds long, matches the five dancers' individual abilities and is performed to Ballet Suite No 2 by Shostakovich.
"We came up with ideas by looking at other dances on YouTube," Kimberley says. "But we did it mostly on our own."
She dances as the title character in Cinderella and Emily will be the handsome prince.
Other characters who appear are Cinderella's fairy godmother (Megan Smit), her step-mother (Jenna Simpson), her two mean sisters (Gloria Harvey and Monique Topp), a swan (Georgia Jones) and about 30 little mice.
Cinderella will be performed at the Floor Pride Civic Theatre, in Blenheim, at 11am and 7pm on Saturday.
- The Marlborough Express