Tutus for all - dads, too

Kaleidoscope of Colour is a family affair

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 15:55 11/07/2012
Kaleidoscope of Colour
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SPLASH OF COLOUR: Alex Wilson, 17, left, Cherry Moore, 7, and Georgie Marriott, 12, will be performing in the Wakatu Dance Theatre production ifKaleidoscope of Colour at the Theatre Royal.

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Nearly everyone from the Wakatu Dance Theatre is involved in the school's latest show, even the dancers' fathers – in tutus.

Kaleidoscope of Colour, directed by Peta Spooner, is the dance school's annual showcase.

The soundtrack includes suitably-named songs like Green Door, Purple Rain, White Wedding, Yellow and Black Box.

Kaleidoscope of Colour will showcase classical ballet, modern jazz and contemporary dance styles in a choreographed and brightly-costumed show.

It will feature 130 students, from the "cute" under-10s to the school's more senior dancers.

Spooner says that while everyone's role is important, the senior students are the "glue" that hold the show together.

There's a gender imbalance, with only two junior boys and one senior, but the dancers' fathers will shift the gender scales slightly.

More than 12 of them are training to perform the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in custom-made tutus.

Spooner says including the men is a tradition of the school that goes back more than 20 years.

They perform to either the Nutcracker piece or a piece from Swan Lake as a way of participating in something that's usually mainly women-orientated.

"It's really nice, because it's total involvement. Normally dads just pay the bills," she says.

There was a 10-year hiatus at one stage, but "we have brought it back because we have got a new round of men to pick on".

One of the male dancers is a student's grandfather, an original "swan" from more than 20 years ago.

  • Kaleidoscope of Colour, The Peta Spooner Academy of Dance, Theatre Royal, 7pm July 19 to 21 with a 1.30pm matinee on July 21.

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