Tap contest burgeoning

Showing off their tap dance skills at the Dunedin Performing Arts Competition Society tap...
Showing off their tap dance skills at the Dunedin Performing Arts Competition Society tap competition in the under-10s category in Mosgiel yesterday is Indie Grace
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A Dunedin youth tap dancing competition has proven so popular the organisers had to have more trophies made to accommodate the growth.

The competition, organised by the Dunedin Performing Arts Competition Society, ran from Thursday to last night.

It was held at the Mosgiel Coronation Hall.

Organiser Julie Larkin said the competition had proven so popular this year she had to have 27 new trophies made.

It had grown from about 87 competitors last year to 128 this year.

More contestants meant more space for refined age groups and more styles of performance, such as jazz, lyrical and contemporary.

Between it all there were 116 catagories, she said.

It was great to see so many young people interested in performing, as it was good for their development.

There was a noticeable difference between a child who had developed confidence on stage and one who had never performed before, she said.

It did not matter if they did not continue on with performing, as the confidence they built would continue to help them as they navigated job interviews and public speaking.

She hoped to see even more newcomers next year.


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