Dance Showcase returns after Covid absence

By Haley Doig
Dance Showcase Emcee

Photos by Lauren Promfrett
Westlake Photography Crew

After 3 years of COVID restrictions and not being able to host large-scale events, Dance students at Westlake Girls hosted and performed in the annual Westlake Girls’ Dance Showcase for 2022.

The showcase was held at the beautiful new Event Centre with over a hundred parents, teachers, friends and family who came to support our dancers.

Students from Year 9 and Year 10 showcased various genres they had been learning for example Country Linedance, Jazz, Bellydance, Lindy Hop, Samoan Siva and Musical Theatre. Students from Year 11 through to Year 13 showcased their NCEA internal achievement standards which included genres like Reggaeton, Bollywood, Charleston, Gumboot Dance, Cuban Salsa, K-Pop and Cabaret. The Westlake Dance troupes (Hip Hop, K-Pop, Jazz, Latin and Lyrical) performed their work as well.

Students from Years 9 to 13 also shared their choreography for different assessment briefs including Kowhaiwhai patterns, Waka/Journey, Conflict in relationships, Whakatauki and issues facing youth. I (Haley), showcased my Dance scholarship choreography which portrayed the heartbeat of a person with anxiety.

The showcase consisted of 41 dances from about 8 different countries and 5 different eras. Mrs Visser-Heydon, along with the Dance Committee, worked throughout Term 2 and 3 to put on the show and give the students an opportunity to take their talent to the stage! A big thank you also to Miss Dodds, Mrs Bouterry and Mr Foster for their help.