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Howick and Pakuranga Times
May 31, 2011

HOURS of training and dedication have earned two young dancers recognition from international judges.

Aurelian Child-de Brocas and Sun Lou, who study at the East Auckland Performing Arts School, danced their socks off at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards in Auckland.

The judges included world-famous ballet dancer Li Cunxin, the author of Mao’s Last Dancer, and Gailene Stock-Norman, director of the Royal Ballet School in England.

Aurelian was named a supreme semi-finalist and received a four-week scholarship to the prestigious Alegria Dance Studios in Sydney.  The 14-year-old, who lives in Flat Bush, has also been invited to join the junior associates training programme at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington.

Sun, of Pakuranga, won the audience choice award and received a gift certificate from Dance Pacific. He was born in Cambodia and came to New Zealand 10 years ago. The 19-year-old studied at Canterbury Ballet before joining the Pakuranga-based performing arts school.

Students there train full-time, six days a week, to pursue careers in dance. Their training includes ballet, musical theatre, tap and contemporary. Its director Liz Harvey had a successful international dance career performing all over the world.

© Times Newspapers 2011

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    • Posted June 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm
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    Wow congrats to both of you. All of your hard work and perseverance bring a great result together with a passion for dance that can never be set aside.

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