Vast array of talent at dance festival

00:57, Aug 21 2012
IN ACTION: Nelson College for Girls dancers perform 'Like This'.
KICKING IT OFF: Waimea College dancers perform "Take Back Your Mink".
READY TO PERFORM: Nayland College students Hannah Shepherd, 17, Laura Barnes, 16, and Ellora Virtue, 16.
SHOW TIME: Waimea College students Monique Clementson, 16, Bailey Adamson, 15, Chanelle Hickmot, 16, and Ellie Gemmell, 15.
THE EYES HAVE IT: Nayland students Ben Gardner-Thorne, 17, Patrick Savill, 16, and Troy Kelly, 16.
ISLAND ALLURE: Salisbury School students Alisha Flynn, 13, Sa Tafua, 14, Chevelle Cargill, 12, Allie Skye Hemara-Glasgow, 12, Rayana Cooper, 16, and Connie Leslie, 15.

Nelson's Theatre Royal was alive last week with the colour, sound and movement of the inaugural Vast Dance Festival, which celebrated the combined talents of high school students in the top of the south region.

The festival showcased performances by students from Waimea, Nayland and Garin colleges, Nelson and Marlborough boys' and girls' colleges, Salisbury School, Motueka High School and the combined secondary schools kapa haka group Te Rourou Kura.

Nayland College took the prize for the most polished performance among a medley of ballet, capoeira, hip-hop, ballroom, tap and contemporary dance styles.

Nelson Mail photographer Patrick Hamilton captured some of the colour.