Motueka High School learning through movement

Thanks to Airpoints Dollars™ donations, 14 students from Motueka High School were given the opportunity to attend the World Dance Congress held in Adelaide, Australia.

The World Dance Congress (Panpapanpalya 2018) aims to foster young people's learning and cultural appreciation through the movement of dance, and Motueka High School was lucky enough to attend this year's Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

During the Congress, the students took part in daily taster workshops in which they learnt Ugandan, Javanese, Indigenous, Gumboot, Breakdance and Pacific contemporary dance - to name a few. They also represented their own backgrounds by showcasing Māori and Pacific Island dance. The students took part in daily youth gatherings, connecting with students from around the world on a variety of dance-based projects. Students were thrilled to attend four live shows at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, including performances by the Australian Ballet and Australian Dance Theatre.

The highlight of the Congress was participating in a 'flash mob' at the opening ceremony, where students and dancers from across the globe brought Victoria Square to life when they suddenly broke into dance. For the young kiwis, this emphasised dance as a powerful and meaningful form of communication. The journey enabled students to broaden their horizons by connecting with other cultures, and has inspired their creativity in the performing arts.

"Being able to travel overseas for the first time, to attend such an amazing event and meet so many new people from around the world that have now become friends is one of the best experiences anyone could have. This trip would not have been possible without Air New Zealand and the Airpoints™ for Schools programme. Thank you very much for creating an experience that we'll never forget" - Jorgia Young, Year 13 student at Motueka High School.