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NZSD Second Year classical ballet students Cadence Barrack and Louis Ahlers. Photo by Stephen A'Court.
NZSD Second Year classical ballet students Cadence Barrack and Louis Ahlers. Photo by Stephen A'Court.

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

Auckland-based dancer Emma Cosgrave was the 2018 delegate for the Ausdance NSW Launchpad Dance Intensive. With support from DANZ, Cosgrave participated in a five-day dance intensive in Sydney in late June. Launchpad is an initiative to provide tools to guide early career dance artists into a new chapter of their practice.

“My aspiration is to become one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary dancers, working with many companies and in freelance environments,” Cosgrave says. “Launchpad will provide me with a platform to gain a new set of creative thinking tools, as well as management and industry knowledge that will help set me up as a professional contemporary dancer.”

NZDC Youth Winter School 2018.

NZDC Youth Winter School 2018.

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) will present its Youth Winter School, which offers an opportunity for aspiring young dancers to learn a range of contemporary dance techniques, explore hip hop and fusion styles, as well as gain choreography skills from some of New Zealand’s most elite dancers. The week will culminate in two exciting performances at Auckland War Memorial Museum and Pah Homestead. NZDC’s Youth Winter School will be held Monday 16 – Friday 20 July, from 9am-4pm each day, with performances on Saturday 21 July. Classes will be held at DanceWest in Auckland. The School is open to students aged 12 years and up, and the cost is $350. There is limited opportunity for financial assistance, which is based on hardship and need. To apply for a scholarship with thanks to Mazda Foundation, email Tammi at tammi.butterworth@nzdc.org.nz. For more information on the NZDC Youth Winter School and to register, visit www.nzdc.org.nz/node/seasonal-schools.

The Pina Bausch Foundation, with the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia, has announced an open call for the Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography for 2019. The scholarship holders get the chance to gain new experiences and are encouraged to develop their own artistic characteristics with new forms of expression. The Fellowship is not a project fun, nor is it aimed at the development of new pieces. Instead, the scholarship is meant for grants for a temporary residence at renowned institutions for dance and choreography abroad, a non-paid participation in an ensemble or the studies of dance technique. Applicants must contact a “partner” (ensemble, choreographer, institution) and have a planned project confirmed in a letter of intent. The grant holders are selected by an international panel and will be announced in December 2018. For more information and details on the application process, head to fellowship.pinabausch.org/en/fellowship/about-the-fellowship.

The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) willbe working with Ballet.id in Jakarta to facilitate its first-ever Intensive Dance Course in Indonesia this July. The School will be represented on this occasion by two extraordinary teachers and graduates, Turid Revfeim (ballet) and Sacha Copland (contemporary). 

NZSD Full-Time Auditions for the year starting January 2019 will be held in September/October 2018. Audition applications close 2 September 2018. The full-time programme prepares dancers for careers in dance performance. Students major in either classical ballet or contemporary dance but maintain a strong base in both disciplines. Audition locations include Wellington (Saturday 29 September at NZSD), Sydney (Monday 1 October at Tanya Pearson Academy), Melbourne (Tuesday 2 October at Victoria College of the Arts Secondary School) and Brisbane (Thursday 4 October at ADPI/Brisbane Dance Centre). For more information and to apply, visit www.nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/full-time-audition.

By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.

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