Greenlane Christian Centre, 17 Marewa Rd, Auckland

29/05/2010 - 29/05/2010

Production Details


Hopskotch Dance Company presents their first ever concert, Musicality.

There will be innovative and creative performances in hip hop styles such as breaking, popping, locking and new school. There will also be a variety of other styles of dance and movement performed such as Mime, Jive, Wu Shu and many more. It is a fundraiser to raise money for the company to gain valuable training in Japan. It will be a fun night and a great experience for all so please do join us!

Saturday 29th May, 7.30pm
Greenlane Christian Centre
17 Marewa Rd
Presale tickets: $20 – adults
                          $15 – children under 12
Door Sale: $25 – adults
                  $20 – children under 12

For details on ticketing and pricing check out the events page on our facebook page ( ) or our website ( or have a look at the attached poster.    

Lost and Found
Music: RnB
Style: New School/RnB
Description: Based around the emotions of losing and finding love.
Main Choreography:
Josh Mitikulena and Kat Walker
Dancers: Hopskotch Dance Company

Ma Liberté
Baroque Pop
Style: Dacting, a combination of Dance and Acting
Ever since seeing Expression Crew’s performance ‘Marionette’ in 2006 I have wanted to do my own version but using mime instead of a neutral mask. Yann Tiersen’s music has always inspired me. Combining my experience as an actor I have created a little tale of a cheeky puppet who decides to cut his strings and be free. Jouir!
Performed by:
Tama Jarman - Hopskotch Dance Company

The Wushu Clan
Guest Performance
Music: Traditional Chinese
Once upon a time there existed a powerful ancient secret society of ninjas but then they got wiped out in one second by this mean as Wushu clan. This is that Wushu clan. Combining Contemporary Chinese wushu (martial arts) with an aesthetic blend of flips, twists and other modern gymnastic movements they create a powerful display of speed, power and dynamic motion.

Bitter Fun
Music: Acoustic
Style: Contemporary
Description: Just a bit of fun playing dance accompanied by live music.
Kat Walker and Mele Taeiloa
Hopskotch Dance Company
Musicians: Seidah Karati and Tatupu Fata

Going Celtic
Guest Performance
Irish Dancing
Performed by: Chris Hodgson

Practising my TV
Style: Bboying
Description: When boredom sets in at piano practise what’s a boy to do?
Main Choreography: Timothy Choy and Johnson Lin
Dancers: Hopskotch Dance Company


Lady Lockers
Style: Locking
Description: Just three lovely ladies bringing back some funky fresh old school flavour.
Kat Walker
Hopskotch Dance Company

Causing Trouble in the City
Guest Performance
Krump Tracks
Style: Krump
Description: We bring trouble in the city by expressing ourselves through the movement of krump. As we represent God first and foremost every movement that we do has a purpose and a meaning behind it. You'll see us speak without saying a word.
Performed by:
City Trouble

 Welcome to the Battle
Guest Performance
Break beats
An insight into the world of bboying. Performed By: Infinite Styles and Supreme Kids

Become One
Style: Popping
Description: A new look on an old street dance.
Choreography: Josh Mitikulena and Seidah Karati 
Dancers: Hopskotch Dance Company


Fantastic Dance Latin American
Guest Performance
Slow Rock/Rock and Roll
 Rumba and Jive
Description: A
partner dance performance using Rumba the dance of love/lust and Jive one of the most exciting and explosive dance forms.
Performed By:
Ilhwan Oh and Georgina Bondfield

Concert Class

Music: Mixed
Style: Mixed Street Dance Styles
Description: Many of the dancers in this piece have had little or no experience in dance and this is the product of our 11 week community programme.
Joshua Mitikulena
Dancers: Hopskotch Dance Concert Class

Confident crew ready to move beyond a variety concert

Review by Jacqui Cesan 02nd Jun 2010

Musicality is the debut show from Hopscotch and as I knew that many of them were relatively inexperienced my expectation was not high. I was preparing myself for another Hip Hop show (which seem to happen weekly at the moment) and was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a variety of dance in the programme.

The first item, Lost and Found, was modern new school/RnB about the emotions generated by the finding and loss of love. What I liked about this was that as the story unfolded it gave us an insight to all the individual personalities of the company members. The dance was beautifully staged and the thoughtful choreography had moments of tenderness and humour.

This was followed by a dance/mime solo by company member Tama inspired by marionettes. Tama gave a polished performance and should continue to develop this idea as it showed real promise.

The next item, The Wu Shu Clan, was performed by guests and a sharp contrast to the previous item. It displayed the considerable acrobatic skills of this group of guys as they jumped, flipped and continually defied gravity with a combination of gymnastics and Wu Shu martial arts. I couldn’t help but think, however, that this extremely talented group might perhaps now think about developing choreographic skills to enhance future performances.

Bitter fun was a light and frothy little contemporary piece performed to live music. It was well staged and the movement vocabulary was simple and effective, giving the music performance an extra dimension. Kat Walker was particularly delightful in this piece, which showed off both her musicality and lovely sense of release.

Following this Chris Hogdson and partner performed an Irish hard shoe dance. I’m a sucker for great rhythm and good feet and the dancers had both. 

In Practising My TV, company principal Josh Mitikulena played the part of a bored music student who is supposed to be studying but instead finds himself drifting into more fun pursuits. I liked the concept and the B’boying movement was well adapted to the theme however it lacked cohesion and it would have been more coherent if they had developed fewer distractions. 

The three “Lady Lockers” who followed this gave an accurate and entertaining performance of this Hip Hop style.

A guest performance by City Trouble, a trio of Krumpers followed. I have to admit that Krump is not my favourite arm of Hip Hop. There is something a little too aggressive about it and this group looked positively menacing at times. However I appreciate the skill involved in this style.

More B-Boying followed with a break battle between crews Infinite Style and The Supreme kids. Although I appreciate the skill level of the performers I do find it hard to understand B-Boying as theatre performance unless the audience are able to surround them.

The next item, Become One, was a mixture of the Hip Hop styles popping and Iso and was cleverly integrated to the Electro music. I loved the variety in the choreography and the effective use of the space, an element too often ignored by hip hop crews.

Again the mood changed and we were entertained by a very slick Rumba and Jive by two very well rehearsed ballroom dancers.

The final item was billed in the programme as Concert Class and it was explained that many of the dancers had little or no experience in dance, however the expert choreography showed all the dancers at their best. This in itself is no mean feat when you have a group of performers of varying ability and experience. The choreographers and tutors of this piece must be congratulated on the end result.

This highly entertaining and well rehearsed item was a great finish to the evening with all performers giving one hundred percent. The combination of Hip Hop styles and staging were excellent and I loved that I could sense that ALL those on stage were having great time.

I must make special mention of Josh in this piece. I have watched this young man dance at various events over the last few years and have often found him to be a tad ungenerous (or perhaps shy) in his performance . However in this item his connection with the audience was wonderful, recognised by the spontaneous applause that ensued.

What was clear to me after viewing this show was that the company are all committed to their craft. I was impressed by the confidence of the performers, the care that had gone into each item and the obvious camaraderie between dancers.

In closing, Hopscotch Dance company proved that they could stand alone and my suggestion would be that they now aspire to move beyond a variety concert. While the ‘extra’ items were entertaining they lacked the structure and creativity of the company pieces. A more seamless production next time would allow the quality of their choreography to be appreciated as a whole rather than being seen in snippets.
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