Tara Randell, Ngaruawahia

With the help of a grant from the Mazda Foundation, Tara Randell will soon be the first New Zealander to train at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in London.

The Ngaruawahia local received a grant of $2,000.00 to fund uniform requirements and dance shoes.

Tara says she has been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and aims to be an elite triple-threat (dancer/singer/actor) on the world stage and to pass on her knowledge to future young achievers in New Zealand.

“I’m privileged to have my potential recognised as being the first New Zealander accepted to train at Laine Theatre Arts. The technical, theoretical and business skills that I will gain from a place of this calibre will be invaluable” she says.

Tara already has a Diploma of Commercial Dance with Distinction from the Wellington Performing Arts Centre and has had an eight month stint as Dance Captain on board the Tahitian Princess Cruise Ship. She sets off for the United Kingdom at the end of August.

Laine Theatre Arts is considered a centre of excellence for performing arts and many of its students end up performing on the West End. The year starts on 3 September 2008 with 35+ hours per week over 36 weeks studying classical ballet, contemporary modern, jazz, tap, pas de deux, singing, drama, musical theatre, anatomy and business related skills.