Once Upon a Dance
Two Crows Feet dancers, Jan Bolwell and Mona Williams tell the story of their dancing lives in a new work, Once Upon a Dance.
Mona is from Guyana and as well as being a dancer, she is a professional story teller. She has lived in New Zealand since the 1970s.
Crows Feet director, Jan Bolwell states: “I thought it would be interesting to bring together two mature dancers who grow up in very different cultures. We begin in our childhoods and then trace our dancing lives through different dance styles and countries until we come together in New Zealand, both working as educators. In the piece we dance each others dances, sing, tell stories and ultimately have a lot of fun.”
We are opening this new work at the Dunedin Fringe Festival in March and then we will look to perform Once Upon a Dance in different centres throughout New Zealand.
Wednesday night 7.30 – 9pm
Vivek Kinra’s Studio, Level 1,
22 Webb Street, Te Aro
Contact Jan Bolwell
027 2265 755
Danceworks, Studio 3
60 King Street, Palmerston North
Contact Tania Kopytko
Tuesday evening 7 – 8.30pm
Memorial Hall, The Parade, Paekakariki
Teacher: Jan Bolwell
027 2265 755
Wednesday 10.00 – 11.15am
Moera Hall, off Randwick Road, Lower Hutt
04 389 4944
Our four groups are based in Wellington, the Kapiti Coast, Lower Hutt and Palmerston North, New Zealand. Any woman can join, provided she’s over 35. We have a total of between forty to fifty women dancing across all four groups.
There is no entry requirement. Previous experience is not necessary and the groups are a mix of experienced, less experienced and beginner dancers.
Every year since 1999 we have performed a new programme of contemporary dance. We now have a repertoire of over twenty-five dances.
Jan Bolwell is our choreographer, director, organiser and inspiration.
Crows Feet’s first public performance took place in 1999 at the launch of Osteoporosis New Zealand at the Michael Fowler Centre.
Apart from annual dance concerts we have performed at a number of different events, including a National Midwives Conference, a National Women’s Convention, and a Cancer Society conference (2008). We are regular contributors to Wellington’s International Dance Day, running classes and demonstrations. In 2008 we performed at the Fringe Festivals in Wellington and Dunedin.