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Restricted Weekend Dance and Musical Theatre (vocal) competitions

Our students had an amazing weekend at the Alison's Studio of Dance Restricted solos/Open Impromptus/Musical theatre (vocal) competition held at 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth on May 5, 6 and 7.

Dance judges Gentry Simpson and Rose Brownlie enjoyed watching all dancers perform their solos and demonstrate their dancing and presentation skills. Musical Theatre (vocal) was judged by Danica Manson - she was blown away watching the singing talent displayed onstage in the Saturday Musical Theatre session. All judges commented on how they thoroughly enjoyed watching the competitors as well as giving excellent feedback.

Our competition students love having the opportunity to perform on stage and letting their love of dance shine through - as well as learning presentation skills and gaining in self confidence, they also had a great time backstage with their dance friends/family. We're so proud of our students for supporting not only each other, but also students from other dance studios. We would especially like to say a big thank you to our older students who helped out backstage - the comps wouldn't run smoothly without you!

Special mention to the following students who were awarded special awards/encouragement awards - Anneka (Michelle Glover jazz scholarship); Amelie for placing 1st in musical theatre (vocal) 16-18; and the following encouragement awards from the judges - Amelie, Abby, Anneka, Jessica, and Darnica.

Our students loved getting new dances on stage, saying farewell to old ones, and achieving personal bests, and most importantly, enjoying an awesome weekend celebrating their love of dance onstage, and making friends backstage.

Below are some pictures of our amazing students, many of whom placed first in their section, as well as group photos from both the dance and vocal sections.

Jessica celebrating first placings in her ballet and barefoot impromptu classes. Jessica also won her demi character and her lyrical. Congrats Jess!

A very stoked Briar after winning her first ever trophy, for her barefoot ('Poetry', pictured in costume). Briar went on to collect a further three trophies - awesome work, Briar!

Senior vocal section, a sampling of songs from musical theatre, including Bryah (in purple, front row) and Amelie (in white, back row), winners of the two senior sections

Musical theatre dance sections, including Arabella (in blue, front row) and Anneka (in red, back row), winners of the two sections - note Arabella's amazing tail!

Junior vocal sections, including winners Indiana (in yellow, front row) and Tommy (in blue, back row).

Musical theatre dance: Anneka ('Diva's Lament', Spamalot), Arabella ('Amazing Gertrude', Seussical the Musical), Catriona ('Mother Knows Best', Tangled), and Briar ('Think Vulgar', Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)

A very pleased Amelie with her trophy for winning her musical theatre (vocal) class. Well done Amelie!

Anneka was very excited to win her musical theatre (dance) section. Great acting Anneka!

Our Advanced ballet students danced their variations in the entertainment section while the musical theatre judge decided her placings - beautiful dancing, girls!

Well done to everyone who danced at the weekend, see you all at the next comp!

Thanks for reading,

Alison and Selene :)


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