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.”
After a successful launch of our new show at the Globe Theatre in Palmerston North and at the Dunedin Fringe Festival in March 2018, we are bringing Once Upon a Dance to Paekakariki on June 16th and 17th and to Te Whaea, New Zealand Drama School June 22nd to 24th.
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
Crows Feet Dance Collective celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We have grown from a little group of four dancers to four separate groups with over forty dancers.
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.
There is no entry requirement. Previous experience is not necessary and the groups are a mix of experienced, less experienced and beginner dancers.
Nearly every year since 1999 we have performed a new programme of contemporary dance. We now have a repertoire of about thirty dances.
Jan Bolwell is the director and main choreographer, but dances are also created by the directors of the Hutt Crows (Carolyn McKeefry) and the Palmerston North Crows (Tania Kopytko). We have also had guest choreographers such as Sacha Copland, director of Java Dance Company.
For our twentieth anniversary we are creating a show called ‘The Witch Project’ that examines the way women have been depicted as witches throughout history and still today.
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. Crows also took their show ‘Hakari – The Dinner Party’ to the Tempo Dance Festival in Auckland 2016.