Tap dancers in 'amazing celebration'

Denise Henderson senior troupe members perform in the Dunedin Tap Dancing Society's 50th...
Denise Henderson senior troupe members perform in the Dunedin Tap Dancing Society's 50th anniversary concert on Saturday. PHOTOS: GERARD O'BRIEN
Glenna Armstrong leads the Song and Tap Troupe.
Glenna Armstrong leads the Song and Tap Troupe.
Halaina Sparks (7) performs.
Halaina Sparks (7) performs.
Sarah McLennon (17) slides along the stage.
Sarah McLennon (17) slides along the stage.
Taj Morey performs to the hit Greased Lightning.
Taj Morey performs to the hit Greased Lightning.
Lucia Morey dances to You're the One That I Want.
Lucia Morey dances to You're the One That I Want.
Stasa Tucker struts her stuff to Kisses of Fire.
Stasa Tucker struts her stuff to Kisses of Fire.

Generations of Dunedin dancers dusted off top hats and tap shoes to celebrate the city's love of tap dancing at the weekend.

The 300-seat Mosgiel Coronation Hall was almost full for the 50th anniversary performance of the Dunedin Tap Dancing Society on Saturday.

Dozens of performers from throughout the society's history took the stage.

Society president Denise Henderson said many were "digging old routines from out of the cupboard".

"It's an amazing celebration."

People came from all around New Zealand as well as Australia to catch the show.

"Tap is very big in Dunedin. Probably outside of Auckland we are the strongest centre for tap."

She had taught the dance form since 1982, she said.

It was great to see so many students return, some of whom had gone on to become teachers themselves, she said.

Colleen Baxter, who started the society, was watching from the audience.

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