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Dance NZ Made Returns To Hawke’s Bay

On Sunday 2 and Monday 3 August, twenty-eight girls from Woodford House took part in the Hawke’s Bay Regionals of Dance NZ Made.

Dance NZ Made is an interschool dance competition run by professional dancer Dean McKerras, celebrating and embracing the strength, diversity and passion of dance in New Zealand. This annual competition travels around New Zealand theatres, running full day workshops for students and giving them an immersive experience in competitive dance on the stage.

The girls had a wonderful time, working with professional dancers, learning new skills and techniques and performing their own group and individual dances in front of a live audience in a professional environment. All group dances performed were choreographed by our senior girls; Giorgia Hickey, Annabelle Fenn and Rebekka Schulze. All solo and duet dances were choreographed by the students themselves.

Toitoi: Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre

Woodford House had six placings in total, across the different categories:

Solo Dance

First Place Year 8: Sophie Westwood

Third Place Year 12: Amelia Dear

Third Place Year 13: Annabelle Fenn

First Place Year 13: Rebekka Schulze

Group Dance

First Place Intermediate: ‘The Woodford Disobedient Dancers’ – Performing ‘Revolting Children’ from Matilda

Third Place Senior: ‘Just Listen’ – Performing ‘The Voice’ by Josh Osho

Junior Team

 Intermediate Team

Senior Team

Open Team

Our full list of students involved were:


Penelope Harper

Libby Lowe

Henrietta Beardmore

Lydia Burns

Sophie Hansen

Hannah Hudson

Aria Le Lievre

Makayla Livingston

Holly Price

Sophie Westwood



Lila Fenn

Neave Field-Huber

Rose Noble

Jessica Su

Sophie Wyeth

Izzy Bennett

Katie Greenwood-Beard



Saraya Rowlands

Isabel Westwood

Amelia Dear

Noreen Mnyanyi

Annabelle Fenn

Giorgia Hickey

Holly Lin

Nicole Parnell

Ella Ruddle

Rebekka Schulze

Lily Waites