Three go to dance contest

Last updated 07:31 27/11/2012

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Three New Plymouth ballet dancers will perform at the final of a prestigious competition in Wellington next month.

Claire Patten Dance Academy members Jasmine Newsome, Ashleigh Corkill and Suzanne Trye, aged between 15 and 16, will compete in the Genee Dance Challenge.

The contest is a junior version of the Genee International Ballet Competition, which is also taking place for the first time in New Zealand from December 6 to 15 at the theatre.

Claire Patten said making the finals of the Genee Dance Challenge meant a lot to the girls, who saw it as a dance of a lifetime.

"Getting through to the finals has been a great turning point for the girls and they are so excited to be competing in the final.

"All three girls want to have a career in dance and this competition will take them a step closer to their dream.

"They've worked very hard to get their dances up to an excellent standard and I have high hopes for them in the final," she said.

Royal Academy of Dance New Zealand national director Janet Taylor, said the competition was an exciting opportunity for New Zealand's best young dancers.

"The junior Genee Dance Challenge is the perfect platform for young dancers to test themselves against others from around the country."

The final is being held at St James, one of New Zealand's most beautiful theatres and home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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