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Teen selected for NZ School of Dance after Covid-19 stopped her from going to Melbourne dance school


When the dream of dancing in Melbourne slowly slipped away, Minami Kurota turned being stuck in New Zealand to a career positive.

In 2019, at just 16 years old, she was accepted into a Melbourne dance school for 2020 but decided to extend her start date to 2021 as she felt her young age would be a barrier.

“Aussie appealed to me. It’s a big place, big opportunities, more options,” Kurota said.

But as Covid-19 began derailing her plans of studying overseas for three years, she began researching other plans.

The New Plymouth teen will now be based four-and-a half hours away in Wellington, after being accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance as a contemporary major.

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