Thirteen-year-old Tania Ututaonga has started teaching hip hop dance in Dargaville. Bull-bar is the name of her company and she’s keen to inspire her peers to get involved and work hard, at the dance style she loves.
“I always loved dancing and I started in a crew when I was eight years old, with the Hardcore Dance Company in Whangarei,” she said.
After years of traveling back and forward to dance, Tania with the help of mum Sharon and dad Ray, has just completed her first term of dance lessons. She has three different age group classes that cater to 3-17-year-olds.
Next year, alongside running classes again, Tania plans to start her own crew, with auditions happening by the end of the year. Sharon said that “there’s always ongoing competitions in New Zealand and overseas, so you need to have that ongoing support, workshops and upskilling if you want to make it. So we thought we’d give back to the Dargaville community, as there’s youth in the area that are interested.”
“I just love hip hop because as soon as I see other people dancing, I want to dance. I also like the songs and it just makes me feel happy. I want to make a career out of it,” said Tania.
To keep updated with classes and audition times visit the Bull-bar facebook page or call Sharon on 027 521 6115.