Grooves! is an electric mix of classical ballet, jazz in pointe shoes and contemporary dance, set to the Rock music you love. Performed by six of Aotearoa New Zealand’s best professional dancers, Grooves! is designed to entertain and excite with everything from traditional tutus to sequins.
The programme includes a taste of traditional ballet with ‘The Dying Swan’ danced by ballerina Laura Saxon Jones, and a snippet from the ballet Les Sylphides. ‘Captured’ presents a stunning pas de deux to Bic Runga’s lyrical, emotional, love song, capturing the hearts of audience members and the New Zealand icon herself. The moving intergenerational duet ‘Smile Lines’, choreographed by RNZB Choreographer in Residence Loughlan Prior, will pull on your heart strings in all the right ways.
We then present a number of original contemporary ballet vignettes, danced to classic rock songs, mixing the familiar with the new, inviting audiences to connect their own stories to the pieces. Moving from one song to the next will have the audience fascinated by the dance, and even the youngest patrons will be inspired by what could come next.
Grooves! welcomes local talent onto the stage to perform alongside professional dancers in several numbers, giving them the opportunity to see the potential of a career in dance.
Bursting with personality and entertainment, Grooves! allows even the most novice dance audience members to feel connected, inspired and moved. It is the ballet you have been waiting for.