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‘Exquisite’ Sargent named top dancer by Aussie critics.

‘Exquisite’ Sargent named top dancer by Aussie critics.

Former Gisborne dancer Alana Sargent (pictured) has come a long way since this Braemar competition (see the following picture in this gallery) in August 2000. Sargent has been named “most outstanding dancer” in the Dance Australia annual critics’ choice survey. Sargent last performed in Gisborne in 2015 when she returned to her hometown where she began ballet dancing as a five-year-old. Gisborne Herald file pictures
Alana Sargent

Dance Australia has named former Gisborne woman Alana Sargent “most outstanding dancer” in its annual critics’ choice survey.

“In a word, exquisite,” Dance Australia’s Olivia Stewart said in describing Ms Sargent.

“In every piece throughout the year, she was a mesmerising presence utterly at one with her remit.”

Ms Sargent is a member of the Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company (EDC), which was named in the awards as having presented the “best new work” and having the “dancer to watch”.

EDC is a contemporary dance company dedicated to creating new contemporary dance works.

In an EDC profile, Sargent says her strengths lie in her fluidity, articulation, detail, focus and intention.

She also has a special interest in costume design.

“I have always had such a great interest in watching the way the body moves against fabric and shape.

“Personally I love seeing the body as much as I can. That’s not necessarily seeing skin, but shape and articulation is so beautiful to watch.”

Sargent last performed in Gisborne in 2015 at the Grand Gala Variety Concert where her simple black dress underlined a stripped-back, athletic performance on a stark but soft grey set that lightened as her performance intensified.

She draws you in when she is on stage, said Gisborne dance teacher Diane Logan on Facebook.

“I’m not biased — just very honest.”

Sargent was five years old when she began training in ballet at the Diane Logan School of Dance.

In 2004 she started training under the junior associates programme at the New Zealand School of Dance.

After graduation she performed for the Java Dance Company, then the Sydney Dance Company for four years from 2012 before joining EDC.

Dance Australia has named former Gisborne woman Alana Sargent “most outstanding dancer” in its annual critics’ choice survey.

“In a word, exquisite,” Dance Australia’s Olivia Stewart said in describing Ms Sargent.

“In every piece throughout the year, she was a mesmerising presence utterly at one with her remit.”

Ms Sargent is a member of the Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company (EDC), which was named in the awards as having presented the “best new work” and having the “dancer to watch”.

EDC is a contemporary dance company dedicated to creating new contemporary dance works.

In an EDC profile, Sargent says her strengths lie in her fluidity, articulation, detail, focus and intention.

She also has a special interest in costume design.

“I have always had such a great interest in watching the way the body moves against fabric and shape.

“Personally I love seeing the body as much as I can. That’s not necessarily seeing skin, but shape and articulation is so beautiful to watch.”

Sargent last performed in Gisborne in 2015 at the Grand Gala Variety Concert where her simple black dress underlined a stripped-back, athletic performance on a stark but soft grey set that lightened as her performance intensified.

She draws you in when she is on stage, said Gisborne dance teacher Diane Logan on Facebook.

“I’m not biased — just very honest.”

Sargent was five years old when she began training in ballet at the Diane Logan School of Dance.

In 2004 she started training under the junior associates programme at the New Zealand School of Dance.

After graduation she performed for the Java Dance Company, then the Sydney Dance Company for four years from 2012 before joining EDC.

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