To the pointe: Muscle People

For ballerinas the world over it’s a much longed for moment; after years of watching “the big girls” – the time for learning to dance en pointe finally arrives. However, behind that stunning grace and beauty of a dancer en pointe is an incredible strength and technique.     Because adolescent growth is a time […]

Dancing home, from afar

Forced to reimage dance in a contactless, Covid-19 world, Switzerland-based Sumner-raised contemporary dancer Emma Murray has been selected for Christchurch-based Movement Art Practice (MAP)’s residency, which will be run and shown digitally for the first time at the end of this month.     Emma found her feet as a dancer at six-years-old and went […]

Ashburton: an all-rounder

When it comes to things to do, Ashburton is an all-rounder, with something for everyone. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite upcoming events.   HOLI FESTIVAL OF COLOURS Date: Saturday 15 February Location: Ashburton Domain If you want to go to an event that is both family-friendly and guilt-free (zero waste, alcohol free and […]

In leaps and bounds

A 15-year-old contemporary dancer from Pegasus has just headed for New York this month to train at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School.     Imke Koekemoer has adored dancing since she was three – her career now taking off in leaps and bounds. Accepted for a four-week intensive course, Imke is one of 14 dancers […]

On Pointe Training: Evolution School of Dance

When your child has the burning desire to learn ballet, naturally you want to make sure your school is giving you the best tutelage possible.     Evolution School of Dance knows this, which is why its teachers, Nicky Falloon, Azariah Selby and Angie Longman, have all been trained by the Royal Academy of Dance […]