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Dancing through the door of opportunity

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Dancing through the door of opportunity

Imagine improvising a different dance move through a door 1000 times. That’s what ten young dance students are getting ready to do, so they can fundraise to build the set for their show.

The third year contemporary dance students from the New Zealand School of Dance are creating their own dance works for the School’s Choreographic Season 2014. This year’s show, called The Residents, is set in a decaying, mysterious building with stairways to nowhere and some surreal goings-on.

So far, the students have one stand-alone door they’ve been using to rehearse their show. They’ve generously been offered a set of an old house for free, which was originally created for a film shoot. It fits their vision of the show perfectly.

But to cover the costs of moving and installing the set in the theatre safely, they need to raise $2,000 by 13 April. The school is working hard to fundraise for the show, but as a charity there isn’t enough to cover getting the set into the theatre.

So the students have formed a team and have set themselves the unusual fundraising challenge of improvising 1000 dance moves through their one existing door. They’ll dance through the door on the buskers’ stage in Cuba Street, from 1pm on Thursday 10 April. They think it will take about 3 hours to complete the challenge, which they hope will raise enough money to make their vision a reality.

Student Eliza Sanders said, “I feel really excited about the challenge - none of us really know what we’re in for but it should be fun. To be able to build this set and create a unique and outstanding production would be amazing”.

To support the students, you can donate online at All donations towards this appeal will help the students build their set.

The NZSD Choreographic Season show will be staged from 16 – 24 May 2014 at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. For more information, go to


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