Flying without wings

Pointed toes, graceful arms and flying through the air with a smile. There’s a lot to remember when dancing onstage and Ashleigh Brown gave it her all in an 8 and under 10 years barefoot dance titled My Heart. Ashleigh won five trophies over the Gisborne Ballet Group competitions weekend at the War Memorial Theatre. President Nadine Proctor said it was a fantastic weekend and a positive event for all involved. “I just love seeing the joy of the children dancing.” Pictures by Paul Rickard
Performing in the Barefoot Dance 8 and under 10 is Zebrina Cowley "Zebrina's Song".
Performing in the Barefoot Dance 8 and under 10 is Grace Wootton "Listen to the Waves".
Dancing in the Demi or National Character under 8 is Shaliz Scott "Dutch".
Dancing in the Barefoot Dance 8 and under 10 is Kylah Loftus "Day Dreams".
Dancing in the Gisborne Ballet Group's Barefoot Dance 8 and under 10 is Esmae Fourie "Keep holding on".

Surprised, thoughtful and happy . . . dancers were full of such expressions as they performed in the 65th year of the Gisborne Ballet Group competitions at the War Memorial Theatre. Group president Nadine Proctor pleasantly surprised committee member Robyn Dear onstage by announcing she had been made a life member and presenting her with flowers.

It was a poignant moment for group members who lost former life member Helen Twisleton the week before.

Mrs Proctor said the Activity Weekend provided almost 100 dancers with the chance to perform either solo or in groups.

“The students have been practising for many months leading up to these competitions, supported by their parents who were busy making costumes and taking them to their classes.”

Mrs Proctor said the dance teachers choreographed the routines and ensured students were put through their paces to be ready for the event.

Tauranga’s Kelsey Andrew was a “great judge” with a huge passion for all things creative.

Surprised, thoughtful and happy . . . dancers were full of such expressions as they performed in the 65th year of the Gisborne Ballet Group competitions at the War Memorial Theatre. Group president Nadine Proctor pleasantly surprised committee member Robyn Dear onstage by announcing she had been made a life member and presenting her with flowers.

It was a poignant moment for group members who lost former life member Helen Twisleton the week before.

Mrs Proctor said the Activity Weekend provided almost 100 dancers with the chance to perform either solo or in groups.

“The students have been practising for many months leading up to these competitions, supported by their parents who were busy making costumes and taking them to their classes.”

Mrs Proctor said the dance teachers choreographed the routines and ensured students were put through their paces to be ready for the event.

Tauranga’s Kelsey Andrew was a “great judge” with a huge passion for all things creative.

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