Tuesday November 1 2016
Tap dancers’ amazing feat By Georgia O’Connor-Harding YEARS OF training to transform his feet into musical instruments has paid off for 18-year-old Josh Wadley. The former Burnside High School student claimed the top prize in tap dancing at the National Young Performer Awards. Josh won the overall prize of $5000, beating 49 of New Zealand’s top tap dancers aged 15 to 21. “I think it went extremely well. I was very happy with how I danced and felt that I left everything I could on the stage. It was great to have my hard work pay off,” he said. Josh trained under Daniel Sintes and is now based in Sydney, where he’s studying a full-time dance course at performing arts centre, Village on Broadway. His next goal is to travel to the United States to take part in tap festivals, including the Los Angeles Tap Festival and TapCity in New York. “I am one day hoping to become a professional dancer touring the world performing in shows,” he said. Josh said he also enjoys
TAP STARS: Will Perkins, Josh Wadley and Bayley Graham took out the top three prizes in the National Young Performer Awards in Palmerston North recently. PHOTO: AMBER GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY
teaching and would love to have his own dance school or show one day. His mother, Michelle Wadley, said her son had grown up with tap dancing but went over to Sydney to strengthen his other
forms of dance. “He was extremely shy so I didn’t think he would ever dance on stage, but (he) proved me wrong,” she said. As part of the competition, each dancer was required to
take part in a masterclass by the adjudicators, perform a threespeed dance solo and a solo of their own choice. Meanwhile, current Burnside High students Will Perkins and Bayley Graham, both 16, were awarded second and third place respectively. Both dancers said they felt the competition went well with Will winning $3000 in second place and Bayley winning $1500 in third. Will trained under JK Dance Works and Bayley with Jan Ruardy. In the future, Will is looking to compete in national dance championships, including Hollywood Bound in Australia, while Bayley is looking at competitions in Sydney and Melbourne. “I really like being in front of audiences so anything that makes me happy I love doing. So I’d like to keep it up,” Bayley said. Christchurch Tap Dancing Teachers’ Association president Tracey Wilson said the boys danced their hearts out. She said the city had six tap dancers at the competition and achieved an amazing feat by taking out the top three places.
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Car park price fair – varsity •From page 1 Next year, students will be expected to pay $350 per year, $400 per year in 2018 and $475 in 2019. Canterbury University staff will be expected to pay $600 next year, $800 in 2018 and $1000 in 2019. Ilam and Upper Riccarton Residents’ Association chairman Peter Harding (right) said he felt sorry for the university having to resort to such extremes to attract revenue. “If I was brutally honest it shows a measure of desperation on the university’s part. “We both know they would probably prefer not to do that. But I don’t think they believe they have any other choice,” he said. Waimairi Rd resident and member of the residents’ association Richard English said the increase would have ramifications on all affected parties. “It is certainly going to drive more people onto the street of course. From a resident’s point of view it is not helpful and some of the fees do seem to be quite steep,” he said. The resident association will hold a meeting to see what can be done about the issue.