St Kents host dance workshops

Last year’s workshop at Saint Kentigern College. Photo supplied

As part of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s (RNZB) outreach and educational events this week, a Dancing with Mozart programme will feature from Friday until Sunday at the Aotea Centre.

The RNZB will take the opportunity to visit the wider region.

On Monday and Tuesday this week the RNZB presented “Ballet in a Box” at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. This is relaxed performance catering for autistic children and adults and people with intellectual disabilities and promotes a more casual attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium. Dancers will mingle with audience members in the foyer and there will be an opportunity to see the costumes close-up.

RNZB dance educator Lucy Marinkovich will hold dance workshops featuring live musicians from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at several secondary schools including Saint Kentigern College through until July 7.

Fellow educator Bea Lee-Smith will be visiting six schools in South Auckland which will equate to 14 dance workshop sessions and teaching 368 students in total. This is a fun way to introduce students to dance, the music of Mozart, and some of the works that we will present on stage.

After the tour the RNZB will take part in Auckland Live’s Pick N’ Mix Festival and present “Sugar Plum Family Fun” at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre on Saturday July 14 and the Bruce Mason Centre on Sunday July15.