November 25, 2012 at 8:45 am | Posted in Ballet Review, Dance Review, Show Review | Leave a comment
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Last night I went to Whitreia Institute of Technology’s Year 2 Commercial Dance Graduation Show –Express. It certainly lived up to its name – lots of numbers and what must have been many fast-changes back stage.

The show opened with a very nice big feather-fans and showgirls routine. The show closed with a finale based on the Joseph and and the Amazing Technicolor Raincoat stage show.

I liked If – choreographed by Claire O’Neil – a contemporary dance work with a serious message that cleverly incorporated some singing. In fact, there were two singing numbers: Primadonna Girl and Break Away; the latter sung by Ebony Sushames.

There was lots of energy in Too legit to Quit – everyone seemed to pour themselves into it. The dancers certainly got lots of encourage from the audience.

Peter Pan & Friends was a fun condensed version of Peter Pan – without the pirates!

I think everyone in the audience liked Olympics a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the 2012 London Olympics.

There was also some nice partner dancing – Sam McLeod partnered with Eliana Taylor, Kelly Wisniewski, and Kate Holden. in three separate pas de deux – with some very nice lifts.

Another fun production. Whitreia Institute of Technology should publicise these shows more and consider using a venue with a proper stage. Some of the choreography had to be adjusted for the two posts that intrude into the stage.


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