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Wellington High School and Com Ed Centre

Region: Wellington

Art form: Ballet and Contemporary Dance

Project name: DANCEwithME

Creative name: RNZB Dance Educators

Project information: DANCEwithME will introduce three Wellington schools, St. Anne’s School, Evans Bay Intermediate School, and senior mainstream and ORS students from WHS, to ballet and dance through workshops, activities, and performances. Students of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to embrace the joy of dance and access a wide range of dance experiences. The goal is to make dance accessible to everyone and promote recognition that well-being is built through participation. The focus of this residency programme is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in collaboration and creative thinking and encourage expression, communication and a deeper appreciation of dance. Weekly workshops offered at each school, designed and run by professionals, will develop understanding of classical and contemporary dance and associated choreographic techniques. Introductory sessions on ballet and exploration of choreography from the RNZB’s 2020 productions provide opportunities to create a piece to be performed at the end of the project. Participants will see how costumes are made and watch a dress rehearsal of the RNZB Venus Rising production at the Opera House . Students will perform their dances in a combined performance involving the three schools.

Project status: In progress

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