Dance hailed success

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The first YouMove festival held in the Gore Trout reserve to celebrate International Dance Day was a huge success, the organiser says.

“It went really well. Everything ran smoothly and the weather was good,” Miss Parry said of the event on Saturday.

“I would like to make it bigger and better next year.

“It was good to see that people were into it.”

New moves . . . YouMove festival event organiser Nicole Parry teaches a children’s hip hop class at the festival on Saturday.

The event included a free dance class held during the day and a dance party that started at 6pm.

The dance classes included Indian dance, belly dancing, yoga, jazz, hip hop, tap and Zumba.

The only aspect that she would have changed would be to start the dance party earlier so more families could come out, she said.

“The teachers were really happy with the number of people in their classes,” she said.

Next year Miss Parry, who teaches hip hop in Gore, hoped to include not just more types of dance but different types of movement as well.

Smooth . . .Jayden Dudley (10, left) and Casima Hill(12) dance at the YouMove festival dance party in Gore on Saturday night. PHOTOS: LAURA SHIPLEY

“It would be good to include different types of movement like t’ai chi,” she said.

She also hoped to include types of dance that were not as common.

“I want to include more cultural dance classes.”

“It was awesome that the dance community came together and gave up their time for the event,” Miss Parry said.