Two national awards were competed for by North Island dancers at the Braemar competitions in Gisborne over the weekend and both went to local dancers.
Performances by Gisborne teenager Lucy Allan and a Dancefit Studios troupe earned them a trip to the “Mega” National Young Performer Awards (NYPA) in October.
Adjudicated by Maxene Jeffares-Greer, of Palmerston North, dancers competed at the War Memorial Theatre in styles that ranged from ballet to modern, tap, hip hop, contemporary and musical theatre.
Dancefit Studios earned a troupe nomination for Giorgia Hart, Maggie Preston, Charli Udall, Lucy Allan and Sofia Zame.
Allan, who performed in the modern jazz, and contemporary categories, also qualified as an individual performer.
Choreographers Tessa Beattie and Anna Beattie said they were excited to be heading with Lucy and her team to the national awards in October.
“It is a such a prestige event with a high calibre of dancers,” Tessa said.
“It's an honour just to be nominated. Nominations are not easy to obtain.
The biennial awards were postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19. This year's event is being headlined as a “Mega” NYPA.
It is to be held in Palmerston North from October 20 to 24.
Performing Arts Competitions Association of New Zealand initiated the NYPA in 1977. It features eight of the “art forms” traditionally covered by the competitions movement.
It is the pinnacle of achievement for many young performers, giving them an opportunity to compete at national level.
More than 130 awards have been decided over its history and more than $750,000 has been invested back into the performing arts movement through prize money and tuition grants.