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New Zealand Dance News – June 2017

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NZSD students in the studio. Photo by Amber Griffin.

Find out what’s happening in New Zealand dance news this month!

International Ballet Workshops (IBW) returns to Auckland next month, with this year’s Winter Series Guest Teacher, Principal Ballerina Dusty Button. The two-day workshop will be held at Wellesley Studios on July 11 and 12, and is open to all ballet dancers aged seven and up. IBW has recently announced that the repertoire for this year’s Winter Series will be the fun and technically challenging Paquita. Also recently announced, Button will be awarding scholarships for stand-out participants, to the BellaMoxi Dance Convention in the USA! Registrations are filling fast for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be one of only a small number of students per level to experience this Winter’s workshop series. For more information, visit www.internationalballetworkshops.com.

Dusty Button. Photo by Mitchell Button.

Dusty Button. Photo by Mitchell Button.

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) is hosting a series of Q&A sessions to assist future students and their families to understand the benefits and challenges of an education in dance. These Pathway to New Zealand School of Dance talks will be hosted by NZSD Director Garry Trinder, who will provide insights from the School’s perspective. He will lead discussions on what to expect from full-time dance training, what programmes are available, and tips on how to approach the application process.

As a national institution and official school of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the NZSD remains committed to providing exceptional dance training and developing well-rounded dancers who can succeed at the highest level. The talks will be held June and July 2017, in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin. For more information, head to www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/events/pathway.

There is a fabulous weekend of events planned for the NZSD’s 50th Anniversary Graduation Season weekend. The School invites all the NZSD community to check out new event details on its website and come along and help them celebrate. The Graduation weekend runs 24-26 November, for more details, head to www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/events/50th-anniversary-graduation-seasonAny NZSD alumni may register at www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/news/alumni.

Internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer Parris Goebel has been announced a 2017 Kea World Class New Zealand (WCNZ) Award recipient. Goebel and the other five recipients will be celebrated at the WCNZ Gala Dinner on 22 June in Auckland. Goebel is being recognised for her international success, coupled with her efforts to inspire Kiwi youth. Fellow recipients are scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Privahini Bradoo, scientist Dr. Phil Rolston, founder of Wrightspeed Inc. Ian Wright, chef Robert Oliver and businessman Sir Rob Fenwick.

Wellesley Studios has an opening for the full-time position of Studio Administrator/Coordinator. The job will include studio office administration, studio operations, activity and venue management, marketing and communications, social media and financial management. To apply, send a CV, a covering letter detailing why you think you are a suitable candidate for this position, and two contactable referees by Friday 9 June 2017, to Jess at info@wellesleystudios.co.nz. Please note that your covering letter will form part of the short-listing process.

The Performance Arcade has announced its open call to artists from New Zealand and around the world for its 2018 programme of works (23 February – 4 March). This annual exhibition and programme of events located on Wellington Waterfront is recognised as an important platform for live art, with eight successful presentations over the past six years. An assembly of shipping containers creates a series of spaces for installation, performance art, sonic art, interactive media, video-art, forums and live music. Opening onto the bustling life of the waterfront, these sites of encounter engage the public in contemporary art and performance practices outside the familiar constraints of gallery or theatre spaces.

Proposals are now open for The Performance Arcade 2018. This can be for works located in a shipping container, in the stage space, or occupying the waterfront and city spaces. Working with a diverse range of art disciplines and perspectives, the aim is to create an outstanding event that examines new ideas, alternative visions, and counter narratives for life in 2018. Proposals close 28 July at 5pm. More information available at www.theperformancearcade.com/pa2018-call-for-applications.

By Rain Francis of Dance Informa.

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