An adult dance class has performed at the Margie Rea Dance end-of-year showcase for the first time.
The end-of-year show was held on Saturday at the West Otago Community Centre where the dancers showed off the skills they developed during 2017.
Tapanui dance teacher Margie Rea said the show marked 22 years of performances.
“The students have either just started or have danced here since they were 5 years old, like Kirsten [McIntyre], the other teacher,” she said.
“The adults have only just begun – our adult classes started officially at the beginning of the year,” she said.
Mrs Rea said the adult dancers had proved a dedicated group.
The idea came about when the West Otago Theatrical Society did a production about adult dance classes.
“From there, interest was shown.”
“We had always done adult workshops but never a continual class. I think they all rose to it and worked really hard.”
Mrs Rea said she saw performing as a challenge.
“The whole deal with the class is that family and work take us out at times, so we just wanted to enjoy ourselves .. what you see on stage is just a small part.
“For the adults it’s about building confidence, fitness and flexibility. For the kids it’s about leadership, teamwork and problem-solving – it’s about those life skills.”
The dances included props such as umbrellas, which Mrs Rea said were used to help with confidence.
“If we have those props, those who feel more self-conscious about moving feel as though it takes the focus off them.”
Overall, Mrs Rea said it was not about perfection but the love of dance and having a performance experience.
“I really just want it to be a positive experience for everyone and this year we had no tears – everybody was smiling.”