Kids go toe-to-toe in dance contest

By Joseph Aldridge

Whangarei dance students are crossing their fingers in the hope dance maestro Aaron Gilmore will take a shine to their video clip.

The clip was uploaded on to YouTube yesterday as part of the Dance for Asthma competition.

Whangarei Intermediate School was one of more than 100 schools to enter, required to videotape a dance choreographed to the song Everything's Gonna Be Alright by The Babysitters Circus. Dancing with the Stars dancer Aaron Gilmore and Tim Skedden from The Babysitters Circus will judge the entries, with the best entry winning an iPad for their school.

The school that raises the most money for the Asthma Foundation will also win an iPad.

Whangarei Intermediate entered both categories, holding a mufti and outrageous hair day yesterday as a fundraiser and filming the video clip in the school hall.

Performing Arts teacher Susan McDiarmid said dance classes were a new addition this year and she originally intended to have the students dance to a Michael Jackson song. An email from the Asthma Foundation in term one changed that and students have been dancing to Everything's Gonna Be Alright since.

"We actually did something a little bit clever," Ms McDiarmid said. "We went to Wards [music store] and the boys sort of fattened it up a bit, sped it up, made it a bit more dancey for us."

Close to 80 young dancers performed on the video clip, filmed by Ms McDiarmid's daughter Sophie. The students had responded well to dance classes, Ms McDiarmid said.

"They're learning heaps, developing their dance ideas and learning practical knowledge in dancing, like creating their own dance steps, they're communicating and interpreting other people's work ...",

Stage Challenge was the next challenge the students were keen to work towards.

- Northern Advocate

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