The Performing Arts programme at Whitireia Community Polytechnic is expanding to cater for the expected increase in student numbers during 2001. The one to three year programme offers training to students in Māori, Cook Islands, Samoan and contemporary Pacifika dance that can lead to career opportunities in performance, teaching or arts management.
Last year the second and third year students travelled overseas to the South Pacific Festival of the Arts in Noumea and two senior students were selected as ambassadors for an official visit to China. This year Whitireia Performing Arts have been invited, along with other international dance companies to festivals in Spain, Majorca and the Canary Islands. Opportunities to perform at overseas festivals are part of the programme for second and third year students.
Recent graduates are performing with the Black Grace Dance Company and Mika's newly formed Torotoro Dance Company.
With no drop off in student numbers progressing from years one to two, and two to three, and a large new intake in February the programme will be catering for a record number of students in 2001.
Auditions for prospective new students are scheduled for 31 January and the class starts on 12 February