Young dancers tread the boards

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 09:18 18/06/2014
Claudia Stewart-Cameron
DEREK FLYNN/FAIRFAX NZ
STAGE SMILES: Tutu-clad Claudia Stewart-Cameron, left, and Mad Hatter Moana MacDonald are ready for the 36th annual dance competitions in Blenheim this weekend.

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Dancers are preparing their costumes and practising their steps for the 36th annual dance festival in Blenheim this weekend.

More than 100 contestants have entered the Blenheim Dancing Society's annual dance festival, to be held at the Floor Pride Marlborough Civic Theatre from Friday to Sunday.

The festival features ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary dance performances from students aged 5 to 17.

Society member Gemma Adams said a mix of dance students from Marlborough and other centres would compete, entering either the novice or open class.

Two Blenheim ballet students had also been nominated for the young performer of the year competition, she said.

They would be judged during the festival and, if selected, would proceed to the national competition in Palmerston North in October.

Ticket prices had been kept low and the audience would see a selection of different styles each day.

"We want it to be affordable and families to come out and enjoy the dancing and support the dancers," Adams said. "There are many talented dancers that attend and the audience is often surprised by the standard of performances."

Colourful and creative costumes made the show even more entertaining for the audience, who could watch the dancers transforming into their characters, Adams said.

The competition will be adjudicated by Leslie McElwain, a former Marlborough woman who is based at a Wellington dance school. Entry to each morning, afternoon or evening session costs $4 for adults, $1 for children and $3 for senior citizens.

For more information about the Blenheim Dancing Society competitions or performance times, call Gemma Adams on 027 392 1190.

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