International street dancer audtioning Waikato talent
An international hip hop dancer has made his way to Cambridge, and he's on the hunt for three dance crews.
James Tautuku is a former member of IDentity Dance Company and founding crew, which has two national and world titles.
He recently moved from Auckland to take a step back from his dancing career and become a mentor.
He has been working with Cambridge's Ignite Arts Academy, and wants to create three professional dance crews: Junior (ages eight - 12), Varsity (ages 13 - 17) and Adult (ages 18-plus).
"I really want to open up the doors so people can see that dance isn't just a pipe dream," he said.
Tautuku has been dancing his whole life, and taught himself hip hop in 2006. By 2008 he was in the dance industry, and by 2010 he was choreographing.
Auditions are being held at Ignite Arts Academy on July 21, from 9am - 4pm.
He said people auditioning needed to have passion for the craft.
"You need to know who you are, you have to remember why you do what you do, but you also need a back of steel because the industry can be pretty ruthless," said Tautuku.
"The biggest thing I learned from my dance career was that my art was my art.
"If people didn't like it but I portrayed what I wanted to achieve, then that was an accomplishment.
"Just because one person didn't like it, doesn't mean someone else won't."
With IDentity, Tautuku featured in many TV appearances and commercial/corporate events such as NRL Nines, Netball Fast Fives, All Black rugby games, Breakers basketball games and more.
He was also part of the UNDEFEATED Tour which was aimed at youth suicide, depression and anxiety prevention.
With 10 years of teaching, mentoring and performing experience, he wants to bring his heart and vision into Cambridge and grow aspiring dancers.
"Our aim is to showcase some of Cambridge's best street-dancers on stage around New Zealand."