like the Stars

Light up the Stage!

Dancing like the Stars is a free nine week programme that aims to promote and provide an active lifestyle through dance – a non-competitive form of physical activity – to children who would not normally be able to participate in dance for recreation.

The programme has several other benefits, which include building basic social skills and interactions, team building and teaching children about other cultures.


Programme Details

In the first half of the nine week programme each participating low-decile school learns a range of dance moves associated with a particular dance style.

Then in the second half of the term each school is taught a choreographed dance routine – all overseen by a professional dance tutor.

Dance styles on offer in 2020 include, contemporary, jazz, ceroc, salsa, bachata merengue, ballroom, integrated dance and Samba de Gafieira.



Schools Involved

In 2020 the Dancing Like the Stars programme is running in 12 Christchurch primary schools:

Te Waka Unua
Our Lady of Victories
Westburn Unit Allenvale
Sacred Heart
St Mary’s School
Rowley Avenue


Gala Performances – 2021

The Dancing Like the Stars programme culminates in a gala performances at the Isaac Theatre Royal, where the schools perform in front of a huge crowd of family and friends.
If your school was involved you can view the video here.



Supported in 2021 by

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