When Stage Problem collapsed, leaving school-aged dance and drama fans with out an occasion to compete in, Bethlehem School went trying to find an alternate.
They discovered DanceNZMade’s nationwide interschool dance competitors, which arrange a Stage Artwork class to cater to Stage Problem college students in 2018 – and yearly since, Bethlehem School has taken the nationwide title.
This yr was no completely different, and after making ready because the first faculty time period, have been named the 2020 nationwide DanceNZMade Stage Artwork champs.
The college’s theme was based mostly round home violence, a efficiency titled Break the Chain.
Head choreographer, Yr 13 scholar Bianca Anderson, stated she had change into conscious of extra instances of home violence just lately and the scholars wished to spotlight the difficulty and strengthen the message that home violence was by no means okay.
“We sat down as a bunch to debate themes,” Bianca stated.
The 18-year-old stated their efficiency was about shedding “gentle on points in a inventive means”, encouraging communities to work collectively to cease it.
Bianca has carried out in all three profitable groups and was thrilled to proceed the varsity’s profitable streak in her ultimate yr at highschool and first yr as head choreographer.
“Participation from everybody was superior. We acquired numerous good suggestions.”
Fellow choreographers included college students Jessica Nicholson, Gracyn Tito and Genevieve Zingel, who fused dance genres equivalent to hip hop and ballet to create a dynamic show of dance. Mixed with a excessive degree of ability and highly effective, emotional music, it made for a dramatic and cohesive efficiency that was sufficient to win their nationwide class.
The coed crew was led by Bethlehem School’s head of drama and humanities co-ordinator Linda Anderson, who stated the varsity had been competing in Stage Problem occasions since 2002. When DanceNZMade created their new Stage Artwork class as a part of the nationwide interschool dance competitors, Anderson stated they began performing in that.
“We seemed round for a brand new competitors,” Anderson stated.
“It is an entrenched custom.”
The Stage Artwork competitors, which gives college students with the chance to develop their efficiency artwork, manufacturing and life abilities, has been working regional occasions since July, with the nationwide finals being held in Palmerston North final Saturday.
She stated their idea was developed through the first faculty time period, adopted by auditions and choosing the style of dance they might carry out, earlier than starting rehearsals each weekend in preparation for the regional competitors in August.
Though Covid-19 had large impacts throughout New Zealand, Anderson stated the organisers had performed an “extraordinary” job and nonetheless managed to have all of the regional competitions.
With the Stage Artwork competitors, Anderson stated colleges competed in regional occasions and the finals outcomes have been based mostly on the factors awarded in these competitions.
Anderson stated all college students who took half had labored onerous and deserved their third title.
“It is an enormous sacrifice.”
Three different Tauranga college students have been additionally recognised nationally as a part of the general interschool competitors. Ōtūmoetai Intermediate scholar Lulu Moore was named the New Zealand SHE SHINES ON Solo Yr Eight Champion, Ōtūmoetai Intermediate’s Sophie Lane received the New Zealand SHE SHINES ON Solo Yr 7 Champion title and Mount Maunganui School scholar Lyla Radich received the Artwork of Motion Solo Award.
Different Bay of Lots and Central North Island Faculties that received nationwide awards:
Western Heights Excessive Faculty (Genesis): New Zealand Yr 11-13 Staff Champions; Making a Distinction Award.
Taupō-nui-a-Tia School (In Your Arms): New Zealand Yr 9-10 Staff Champions.
Taupō Intermediate (Does Your Mom Know): New Zealand Yr 7-Eight Staff Champions.
Ōtūmoetai Intermediate scholar Lulu Moore: New Zealand SHE SHINES ON Solo Yr Eight Champion.
Ōtūmoetai Intermediate scholar Sophie Lane: New Zealand SHE SHINES ON Solo Yr 7 Champion.
Mount Maunganui School scholar Lyla Radich: Artwork of Motion Solo Award.