A dancing milestone

Students from the Kings School of Dance at their end of year recital dress rehearsal

Kings School of Dance is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the annual end of year recital taking place in the Dargaville Town Hall on December 17.

The Aratapu-based school was started by dancer and ex-primary school teacher Sonja King, who’s seen generations of children come through and learn classical ballet, United Kingdom tap style, jazz style and stage hiphop.

This year a student who performed in the 1997 recital, will see her daughter dance to the same song, I’m Wishing from Snow White, as this year’s theme is ‘A Rendition of the Past’.

“When I first started the school I didn’t think I would still be going in 20 years. I’m very excited and thrilled,” said Sonja.

“The love of teaching and being able to provide an opportunity to children who have a passion for dance has kept me going. Seeing their faces and how much they enjoy and get out of it — that’s the main thing for me.”

Eleven year old April Morris has taken jazz and ballet classes for four years.

“It’s just really fun, a way to exercise, it’s also relaxing sometimes and Miss King’s really good. It’s going to be fun to recreate the dances that she did a few years ago.”

The recital is on Sunday, December 17. Doors open at 1pm and the show starts at 1.30pm and finishes around 4.30pm. Entry is a gold coin donation, 14 and under free. Afternoon tea will be provided during the 30 minute halftime.


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