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Ashburton: an all-rounder

When it comes to things to do, Ashburton is an all-rounder, with something for everyone. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite upcoming events.


Date: Saturday 15 February
Location: Ashburton Domain

If you want to go to an event that is both family-friendly and guilt-free (zero waste, alcohol free and smoke free) – this is the one for you.

Celebrate the diverse culture that is ever-growing in Ashburton.

Henna tattoos, local musicians and bands, market stalls, spot prizes and the unique experience of partaking in a Holi Festival… what’s not to be excited about?

Date: Saturday 14 March
Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Tutus on Tour 2020 – an event that is suitable for all ages.

The performance features tailor-made dancing created by local talent as well as world-class superstars.

With affordable tickets and only hour-long performances, this event is perfect to pass some Saturday spare time.

Date: Sunday 22 March
Location: Ashburton Trust Event Centre

How could you turn down a Tina Turner tribute – she’s simply the best!

The stage production will feature live vocals from Caroline Borole accompanied by a band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers.

Don’t miss out on a night of Tina classic hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.


In leaps and bounds

A 15-year-old contemporary dancer from Pegasus has just headed for New York this month to train at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School.



Imke Koekemoer has adored dancing since she was three – her career now taking off in leaps and bounds. Accepted for a four-week intensive course, Imke is one of 14 dancers from Canterbury Ballet chosen from thousands worldwide who vied for places in three prestigious international dance schools this year.

Canterbury Ballet, co-directed by Lily and Alexis Cartright, is in partnership with Ao Tawhiti, which enables students like Imke to learn to dance full-time in tandem with studies; a big advantage on the competitive stage. Her gymnastic-style agility was honed during five years as a power tumbler from the age of eight.

“It’s really fun being upside down,” she laughs. “I am classical-ballet trained, but chose contemporary dance as my genre. It includes a wide range of styles, so I can really push myself.”

She was accepted for the Joffrey fulltime course, but her supportive parents, Deidre and Pieter, suggested moving to New York was better with another year or so under her belt. Imke appreciates the image of ballet is changing. “When I started I wasn’t toned or skinny, but it didn’t matter.”

Her dance idols include Misty Copeland and Michaela Deprince, who are changing stereotypes. “I believe to make it big you need to be versatile,” she says. So Ikme also masters other moves such as tap, hip-hop, lyrical and jazz – plus she sings, acts and does modelling. With feet pointed towards an action-packed future, she says, “I’d love to be on Broadway one day”.



On Pointe Training: Evolution School of Dance

When your child has the burning desire to learn ballet, naturally you want to make sure your school is giving you the best tutelage possible.



Evolution School of Dance knows this, which is why its teachers, Nicky Falloon, Azariah Selby and Angie Longman, have all been trained by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). With Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as their patron, the Royal Academy of Dance is the most prestigious ballet school in the world. Founded in 1920, it is regarded throughout the world for celebrating and showcasing every aspect of ballet, while focusing on building up the next generation of ballet dancers from around the world.

Nicky, Azariah and Angie strive 110 percent not only to uphold the Royal Academy of Dance’s sterling world-wide reputation, but to align themselves to the vision of RAD, which is passed through to Evolution School of Dance. Your child will be tutored personally by the professional membership body of dance teachers in a positive learning environment. Through a wide variety of classes and workshops, your child will be able to mix with likeminded passionate dancers who want to learn from the best, to achieve the highest possible level of excellence in ballet.

For more information about Evolution School of Dance, visit their Facebook page or call Nicky on 021 244 4131.