YouDance 2014

Maidment Theatre, Auckland

04/06/2014 - 05/06/2014

Production Details

YouDance celebrates youth choreography and performance, showcasing the talent of youth in secondary schools and youth dance companies. Let our young dancers and choreographers show you what they are capable of!  Outstanding work is being produced in dance in secondary schools and youth dance companies outside of school. YouDance shares this artistic expression with you.

Now in its third year, YouDance 2014 includes dancers and choreographers from:
Pointy Dog Dance Company, One Step Beyond, Boyzdance2; Auckland Girls, Takapuna and Mt Albert Grammar Schools; Rangitoto, Avondale, Rutherford, Glenfield, Ormiston Senior, St Kentigern, Western Springs, Howick, Tauranga Girls, St Dominic’s, Glendowie Colleges and Kristin Senior School.

Each programme will be different, so come both nights! Programme details and groups will be available on the YouDance website from the end of April at

YouDance provides a non-competitive, collegial, positive environment for youth in dance. YouDance values excellence, learning through sharing, and diversity.

YouDance is presented by Bounce NDN – all kinds of dance for all kinds of people.

Artistic Director: Jacqui Cesan
Chair: Patrice O’Brien

Venue: Maidment TheatreRunning time: 1 hour 30 minutes, no intervalTelephone bookings and enquiries: (09) 308 2383

Wednesday 4 June

One Step Beyond, St Kentigern’s College, Takapuna Grammar School, Avondale College, Glenfield College, Diocesan School for Girls, Western Springs College, Massey High School & St Dominic’s College.

Thursday 5 June

Pointy Dog Dance Company, Rutherford College, Rangitoto College, Mt Albert Grammar School, Ormiston Senior College, Kristin School, Boyzdance2, Howick College, Auckland Girls Grammar School & Glendowie College.


Note: Numbers refer to the NCEA Dance Achievement Standard that the work was made for, where this has been the case.  For example, NCEA Dance Achievement Standard 3.1 Produce a dance for performance.  Common standards include:

3.1 Produce a dance for performance.

3.2 Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas

3.3 Perform a solo or duet

3.4 Perform a group dance

3.5 Perform a repertoire of contrasting dances

2.1 Choreograph a group dance to communicate an intention

2.4 Perform a theatre dance to communicate understanding of the dance

2.5 Perform a repertoire of dance


Programme 1 - Wednesday 4 June

One Step Beyond, St Kentigern’s College, Takapuna Grammar School, Avondale College, Glenfield College, Diocesan School for Girls, Western Springs College, Massey High School & St Dominic’s College.

Young and Beautiful                                                            Avondale College 2.2, 3.2

Student choreographer/dancers: Kayla Brall, Alea Carson-Haunga, Lucy Dawber, Minnie Fuangkhajornfung, Talei Jakicevich, Taylor Nathan, Tori Penfold, Mikaela Pihema, Shannon Pretorius, Zoe Purdon, Stacey Purdon, Josie Sharman, Lorna Tollemache, Natasha Van Etten.

Sound: “Young and Beautiful”, Lana Del Rey

The piece explores the idea of self-worth, the apprehension of not being accepted and is portrayed from each dancer’s perspective.

Harakeke                                                                                Diocesan School for Girls 3.4

Adult choreographer: Melanie Turner

Dancers: Rebekah Harris, Shontelle Scott, Sierra Sewell, Sophie Wilton and Joyce Wong

Sound: “Harakeke” by Tahu (Henare Walmsley, Alistair Fraser, Michael Hogan), “Session”, Linkin Park, “Interlude”, Tahu

Harakeke and piwakawaka, flutter and flit.  The qualities, relationships and movement of harakeke, piwakawaka and the (sometimes stormy) native bush of the Waitakeres - fluttering flax, flitting fantails, irridescent nikau and the rich humus of decaying leaf matter.  Layers of symbiosis, quietly growing....

Harakeke grew from exploring my turangawaewae or place of belonging. 

Stand Up                                                                                Diocesan School for Girls 3.2

Student choreographer/dancers: Shontelle Scott, Sierra Sewell, Sophie Wilton

Sound: “Lali” by Paddy Free, with Richard Nunns

Our dance is based on the quote ‘Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone.’ It is based on the ideas of unique individuality and being confident in oneself.  We mainly want to highlight the idea of breaking boundaries that stop us from being who we are and not following the crowd. We also want to emphasise that standing up for what we believe in is not always an easy task but sometimes we are confronted with barriers that we have to overcome. 

Breath                                                                                                Diocesan School for Girls 3.2

Student choreographer/dancers: Rebekah Harris, Kathleen Williams, Joyce Wong

Sound: “Hau” by Hirini Melbourne, “Tumatatakokiri” by Richard Nunns

“Gasping for breath he catches glimpses of true spirit, he runs wishing he could fly.”

This choreography explores an individual’s journey to discover true identity by searching within heart, soul and breath, and overcoming external barriers in order to embrace and express oneself.  

We Caught Me                                                                       One Step Beyond

Adult choreographer: Grace Woolett and dancers

Dancers: Emma Barnes, Emma Clavis, Cassidy Coburn, Jade Fletcher, Emma Lane, Alanna Main, Natalie Modrich, Alayna Rennie-Cook, Natasha Williams

Sound: “Rooms of Emptiness”” by Yakamoto Kotzuga; Neon Gumbo by Janelle Monáe

The pathway through youth can bring with it a sense of distance and isolation. As we make our way through the challenges of these years, community is extremely valuable in the development of self-confidence. This work follows the performers through their journeys from places of isolation towards community, resulting in the harmony of the company.  Through unity comes strength, power and support.

One Step Beyond is the youth company from Marian McDermott School of Dance, Torbay and is honoured to be invited to participate and perform “We Caught Me” at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow, Scotland next month. OSB strives to foster the creative spirit, inspire and extend talented teenage dancers. OSB work with contemporary dance teachers and choreographers and are given opportunities to choreograph their own works.

Magic To Do                                                                           Takapuna Grammar School

Adult choreographer: James Luck

Dancers: Cactus Dance Company

Sound:  “Magic to Do” by Stephen Schwartz

All the colourful personalities and characters of the circus, from the musical Pippin.  Thank you to the New Zealand Dance Company for providing James Luck to work with Cactus Dance Company.


Genesis                                                                                  Takapuna Grammar School

Adult choreographer: Juliet Cryns

Dancers: Cactus Dance Company, soloist Ruby Koia

Sound: “One Step Beyond” by Karsh Kale

A matriarchal leader tests and blesses the ground ahead of her transient family group emerging and celebrating life.

Bless                                                                                      Takapuna Grammar School

Choreographed by the dancers, Adrian Smith and Alisha McLennan. 

Performed by Integrated Dance Group, Takapuna Grammar School

Sound: “Love Life” by Netsky

An exploration of group qualities and patterns between chaos and order that can be prompted by a sneeze.  Thank you to Touch Compass Dance Company for providing the workshops.

Bollywood                                                                                         Glenfield College

Adult choreographer: Brigitte Knight

Soloists: Megan Naicker, Ruhi Ramkissoon

Dancers: Ara Mae Adriatico, Aira Burias, Rose David, Christine Escandor, Christian Herrera, Aimee Palmer, Danielle Paul, Johnlevy Rocreo, Geirvy Salonga, Jo-Anne Salsador, Anfernee Sapon, Anwell Siena, Lia-Lai Tra, Rogan Tuamsapa.

Sound: DJ Nikhil

Costumes: Coralie Hale

Pretty Things                                                                         Glenfield College 3.3, 2.5

Adult choreographer: Brigitte Knight

Dancers: Aira Burias, Shannon Corlett, Ruhi Ramkissoon, Johnlevy Rocreo,  Anfernee Sapon, Shannon Scrooby

Sound: “Pretty Things” by Dylan Dray

Pretty Things is a pas de deux about power/control/gender/possession/identity.  The work was created through tasked contact improvisation and collaboration with the dancers.

Untitled                                                                                  Western Springs College 3.2

Student choreographers: Sophie McIntyre, Edward Liu, Tessa Rogers

Dancers: Shota Kawakatsu, Sophie McIntyre, Edward Liu

Sound: String Quartert no. 3, “Songs Are Sung”, Henryk Gorecki, played by Kronos Quartet

Bridging the gap between familiar and unknown.  In community we find strength to overcome fear of failure.

Isolation                                                                                 Western Springs College 3.2

Choreographer/dancers: Oliver Carruthers, James Lobaton, Ezra McDonald

Sound: “Broken”, Eden Mulholland

Whether it is feeling shy, self-consicous or left out, we ironically share feelings of isolation n common.

(mis?) Apprehension                                                           Western Springs College 2.1

Choreographer/dancers: Anahera-Hine-Moana Brown-Tapuikore, Lucia Hocking-Whitehead, Hayley Martin, Wetere Taka-Brown

Sound: “Retrograde”, James Blake

This dance explores fear of judgement and exclusion.

#Hashtag – an excerpt                                                         St Dominic’s College 3.4, 2.4

Adult choreographer: Santana Schmidt

Dancers: Kasanita Ataongo, Ashleigh Carnachan, Tsz Chow, Michaela Downey-Macbeth, Justin Hansen, Beth Humphrey, Melody Makarani, Susan McCluskey, Teal-Christina Slattery-Jacobs, Sophia Zandehbizadeh

Sound: “Disparate Youth”, Santigold

The intention of this piece is the indecisive manner we inhabit behind a screen that leads to our obsession with social media networking sites.

The In-Between                                                                     St Dominic’s College 1.3

Adult choreographer: Santana Schmidt, adapted by Larissa Jay

Dancers: Jasmine Brokken, Nikki Coutts, Sonya Falen, Sawaka Fujii, Kimberley Halberg, Erina Jacobs-Noa, Talita Moata’ane, Taylor Paila, Maegan Perdido, Shannel Petelo, Jacinta Poasa, Danielle Rowan, Ayano Yoshida, Hana Yoshida

The group dance is derived from the idea of the “Va”; it is the bridge and our crossing, our transition from life on earth to our continuation of life in the spiritual realm.

A Second Chance                                                                 St Dominic’s College 3.1

Student choreographer: Sophia Zandehbizadeh

Dancers: Teal-Christina Slattery-Jacobs, Justin Hansen

Sound: “Deaf, Loud and Proud”, Sky Ong and Renny Goh - Black Forest

The dance is about a woman who was deaf and received bilateral cochlear implants.


Thursday 5 June - Programme 2

Pointy Dog Dance Company, Rutherford College, Rangitoto College, Mt Albert Grammar School, Ormiston Senior College, Kristin School, Boyzdance2, Howick College, Auckland Girls Grammar School & Glendowie College.

Lego House                                                               Glendowie College

Student choreographer: Vicky Wong

Dancers: Vicky Wong, Sarah Bradley, Lauren Hubbard, Lucy Mills, Paige O’Connor, Grace Stephens, Kate Turner

Sound: “Lego House”, Ed Sheeran

“Lego House” is about recognising your differences and accepting people for who they are.  It incorporates the idea of friendship through acceptance and portrays the emotional journey that comes with it.

Pai’s Speech                                                              Mt Albert Grammar 3.1

Student choreographer: Tessa Cochrane

Dancers: Issie Cassidy, Deborah Fletcher, Camille Hay, Celia Hext

Sound: Pai’s monologue, soundtrack to the film Whalerider

Don’t Settle                                                                Mt Albert Grammar 3.1

Student choreographer: Deborah Fletcher

Dancers: Tessa Cochrane, Hannah Dowsett, Eleanor Fletcher, Claudia Howlett, Ollie Mathiesen, Isaiah Teleiai

Sound: “Settle Down” by Kimbra

Don’t settle for anything below your expectations.  We need to not grow accustomed to something that is not equal or right, or below what we deserve.

Birds, Trees Then People                                        Mt Albert Grammar 3.5

An excerpt from original choreography by Shona McCullagh for the New Zealand Dance Company, adapted by Samantha French.

Dancers: Grace Drummond, Georgia Johnson, Gabriel Sutton, Isaiah Teleiai

Sound: “Mondo Rondo” by Gareth Farr, performed by the New Zealand String Quartet

Birds and people share common characteristics - both are territorial and vocal in competing for status.

Listen to Us                                                               Mt Albert Grammar 2.1

Student choreographers: Jonathan Osborne, Jackson Tuarae

Dancers: Celia Hext and choreographers

Sound:  “Listen to Us”, Hazbeats and Tom Scott, performed by Home Brew and the Tourettes

The dance is about the poverty and unemployment epidemic in New Zealand, and the frustrations of the government.

We Got Rhythm                                                        Boyzdance

Choreography: Andrew Cesan and dancers

Dancers: Gabriel Sutton, Jackson Tuarae   

Unbreakable Twins                                                   Rangitoto College 3.3

Student choreographer/dancers: Emma Barnes and Phoebe Lee

Sound: “I Was Here” by Beyonce

Exploring the effect of sickness on the relationship of identical twins.

Rivals                                                                         Rangitoto College 3.3

Student choreographer/dancers: Mikaela Foy and Vicky Lourens

Sound: “Swine” by Lady Gaga

Anna’s Dilemma                                                        Rangitoto College 2.5

Adult choreographer: Ashleigh Morgan

Dancers: Shavaun Crump, Amelia Finlayson, Jade Fletcher, Lauren Gell, Ruby Hallett, Piyara Perera, Ashleigh Phillips, , Laura Philpott, Sophia Ramsay, Sarah Staveley Samantha Thomson, Louise Wilkie

Sound: “Scars” by Basement Jaxx

A take on Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker’s famous Rosas Danst Rosas. A choreography that lends itself to femininity and explores different dance devices. 

Return to the Dawn                                                                          Rutherford College 3.1

Student choreographer: Xavier Breed

Dancers: Aniva Feau, Leticia Fortes, Tasolo Sila, Petmal Lam, Janine Paul, Madi Sutherland, Annika Van Vliet

Sound: Te Vaka

‘Return to the Dawn’ is inspired by the response of pacific island families and the police force to the Dawn Raids, where over-staying pasifika were forced to leave New Zealand and return to the islands.

Untamed                                                                                            Rutherford College 2.4

Adult choreographer: Perri Exeter

Dancers: Boston Adams, Michelle Brunt-Tiueti, Aleesha Conway, Holly Crisp, Tingting Cui, Danisha Dadley, Jayd Dayaram, Sushmita Devi, Makayla Exeley, Petaia Fata, Holly Ireland, Mako Ishida, Sharon Kung, Jade McDonald, Siobhan Martin, DeAngelo Naylor, Tori Neho, Jasmin Nicholls, Simon Pekepo, Brianna Shean, Shayal Singh, Samantha Tonkin, Morgan West, Nana Yahata.

Sound: “Sapasui” by Te Vaka

“Untamed’ is based on the idea of half humans, half animals coming together to protect territory and avoid being hunted.

Iko Iko                                                                                                 Rutherford College 3.4

Adult choreographer: Perri Exeter

Dancers: Claudia Barnett, Aniva Feau, Leticia Fortes, Petmal Lam, Kathryn Li, Tayla Merrett-Emerson, Joy Ou, Laisla Palenapa, Janine Paul, Michael Samu, Tasolo Sila, August Smith, Madi Sutherland, Tyler Tamati, Landa Tupai, Mela Vili, Jonyne-June Waenga, Olivia Wilcox

Sound: “Lost in the World”, Kanye West; “Iko Iko”, The Dixie Cups; “Double, Bubble Trouble”, M.I.A.

Iko Iko is based on childhood memories, experiences from the womb to lunch times in the playground, hyperactivity and dressing up to create a make-believe world.

Broken Pieces                                                                                   Howick College  2.1

Student choreographer/dancers: Katherine Burgoyne, Kimberly Green, Nicole Green, Alysha Hardey, Bronte Kent, Emma Parker

Sound: “Where have all the children gone” by Joseph Kerschbaum; “To build a home” by Coldplay

This dance tells the story of a sisterhood formed on the basis of rejection and hurt, building a union of support and love.

Sustineo                                                                                             Howick College

Student choreographer/dancers: Katherine Burgoyne, with Viktoria Metz

Sound: “Grosse Fuge”, “Cavatina” – Ludvig van Beethoven

As human beings we need support from other human beings, given and returned.

Three Stories                                                                                     Howick College 2.2

Student choreographer dancers: Kimberly Green, Bronte Kent, Mylinh Luu

Sound: “Cry No More” by The Vaults, ‘Latch” by Sam Smith, “End of Time” by Beyonce

Three individual stories based on the element of Earth.

Glossy Specks                                                                      Pointy Dog Dance Company

Adult choreographer: Zahra Killeen-Chance

Dancers: Jessica Dallas, Camille Hay, Lucia Hocking-Whitehead, Te Manahou Mackay, Meg Mahy, Grace May, Daisha Salanoa, Molly Snowden, Ruby Wilkinson.

Sound:        “Princess” by Leno Lovecraft

A pop princess’s unreality.

These Guys                                                                           Pointy Dog Dance Company

Adult choreographer: Lydia Zanetti and dancers

Dancers: Jessica Dallas, Camille Hay, Lucia Hocking-Whitehead, Te Manahou Mackay, Meg Mahy, Grace May, Daisha Salanoa, Molly Snowden, Ruby Wilkinson.

Sound: “Confessions of a Pig”, Damon Albarn / Shi-Zheng Chen, performed by Monkey

People can be creatures, crowds and machines. These guys are people too... in case you were wondering. 

Running                                                                     Ormiston Senior College 3.5, 2.5

Choreographers: the dancers, with Barbara Ngawati

Dancers: Natasha Aiono, Bryleigh Green, Fetuao Papalii-Tigifagu, Julie-Anne Pedrido, Lasharn Prakash, Nikita Ridgley, Bhavya Rishi, Trisha Tan

Sound: “Runnin’”, David Dallas

Life is a race – we must all run towards our dreams and aspirations. 

Kirimate                                                                     Auckland Girls Grammar School

Student choreographer: Madi Davies

Dancers: Madi Davies, Shelly Lloyd, Lavender Tuigamala

Sound: “Silentium”, Arvo Part

This piece focuses on the effects of death for the whanaupani or immediate family.  Kirimate means ‘the skin of the dead’.

Speaking in Tongues                                                            St Kentigern College

Student choreographer: Rachael Lewis

Dancers: Loren Abel, April Fini, Rachael Lewis, Greer Ritchie

Sound: “Speaking in Tongues”, Sheila Chandra

My dance is based on the idea of Hindu reincarnation.

Find Your Tempo                                                                  St Kentigern College

Student choreographer: April Fini

Dancers: Loren Abel, Ashleigh Clark, Ishara Dhambagolla, April Fini, Sarah McQueen, Melissa Porter, Phoebe Riddell, Phillipa Smith, Bayllee Vyle

Sound: “Hearts Cry”, Drenz

Identity is the theme of my piece with the idea of inner personalities being influenced and concealed by society.  Therefore my dance is based on self-discovery and the ability to allow true colours to shine through.

I’m In Here                                                                             St Kentigern College 2.1

Student choreographer: Amy Oldham

Dancers: Sheridan Bennett, Lily Carson, Lucy Floyd, Rachael Lewis, Amy Oldham, Emma Porter, Greer Ritchie, Delilah Thomson, Charlotte Walkley

Sound: “I’m In Here”, Sia

The purpose of this dance is to portray a physical representation of being mentally pulled in two different directions when trying to make a difficult decision.


A HUGE THANK-YOU to our primary sponsors ASB Trust and Dance Studies, Auckland University for their generous support.

Also to Ralph Buck and Sarah Foster-Sproull at NICAI, Auckland University, Catherine George at ASB Trust, Margo Athy at Maidment Theatre, Taiaroa Royal, Nicholas Rowe, Sarah Knox, Melanie Klaassen, Raewyn Whyte, Georgia Pardoe, Susan Jordan, Carrie Rae Cunningham at Tempo, Nina Gastreich, Brad Churcher, Phantom Billstickers, Nigel Grimshaw-Jones at Touch Marketing, and all the fabulous teachers and students who make YouDance possible – thank-you!


Artistic Director                                   Jacqui Cesan

Project Manager                                 Melanie Turner

Stage Manager                                   Carol Harding

Lighting                                             Michael Forkert

and Sound                                       Joshua Bond

Marketing and Publicity                      Fiona Masters

Ticketing                                             Gary Barker and Samantha Barrett

Front of House                                    Ben Theodore

Photography                                       Nina G Photography

Videography                                        Brad Churcher, ten80i

University of Auckland Liaison           Sarah Foster-Sproull

Presented by    President: Patrice O’Brien                                                      

Secretary: Melanie Turner/Maria Gray

Northern Dance Network PO Box 96-207 Balmoral, Akld 1342


2 hrs each show

A new generation's artful ensembles

Review by 06th Jun 2014

Going to a dance show at the onset of winter reminds me of being in London. I am rugged up and the buzz of preshow conversation; somewhat loud as it’s a mostly teen audience, smacks of a season of fun in the offing.

In its third annual season of teen dance on show, the second night programme of  YouDance 2014 is an artful ensemble of wonderfully engaging contemporary dance. Opening and closing with Rutherford College dancers in works made by Perri Exeter, from the first moments to the last, the evening presents  assured selections from the distinctively do-able creative rubrics written into NCEA Dance Achievement Standards, combined with a mishmash of less than earnest themes.

Choreographic themes are limited to the artful although recognisable collating of bodies and an increasingly satisfying merge of cross cultural, spatial and movement vocabulary choices. Amongst them, brief whispers of new solo movement are  provided by Kimberley Green, Bronte Kent and Mylinh Luu in Three Stories from Howick College, and there is great ensemble work within the larger groups: Anna’s Dilemma from Rangitoto College, Iko Iko and Untamed from Rutherford College, Running from Ormiston Senior College and the artful Pointy Dog’s primary work, These Guys. I note that these works are made by adults, but I am also mindful of brave new work by more of the Howick College student choreographers.

Broken Pieces is collaboratively choreographed by Katherine Burgoyne, Kimberley Green, Nicole Green, Alysha Hardey, Bronte Kent and Emma Parker from Howick College. As with Don’t Settle by Deborah Fletcher (Mt Albert Grammar), and Listen to Us by Jonathan Osborne and Jackson Tuarae (Mt Albert Grammar), a lack of movement sophistication is not a problem as the focus lies in their commentary on relevant social themes.  Other than these, I am left with  a sense that the youth of day have very little to worry about.

It is not so much the adept choreography of YouDance that makes the event memorable, rather it is the soulful, self-confident dancers who steal the show. Technical assurance of dancers is a loaded conversation in programmes about and for New Zealand youth, and I am mindful of proximity between the more virtuosic technicality of dancers trained in studios (where mostly they are  spending more hours on the mastery of their body craft) and the explorative meditations of dancers in high school.

In YouDance there are both groups of dancers.  They each engage with musicality, belonging to the movement, taking some risks in movement and showing a sense of connection to each other. Some of the dancers, particularly the delicious satisfying click and jangle of the two tappers, Gabriel Sutton and Jackson Tuarae (Boyzdance) in We Got Rhythm, also connect strongly with their audience. This is not however the only foray into expressivity and connection.

And there are dancers whose technical virtuosity and meditative expressiveness come together in a very satisfying fusion – they dance really exquisitely and make the night a fest: Camille Hay, Pointy Dog and Mt Albert Grammar; The Unbreakable Twins, Emma Barnes and Phoebe Lee (Rangitoto College), and the beautifully soft trio in Kirimate, Madi Davies, Shelly Lloyd and Lavender Tuigamala (Auckland Girls Grammar), exemplify the purpose of this beautiful event: the vision, dreams and dances of youth in a new generation of exploration and artistic creativity.



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