Winners of the 14 years and over dance section — Shavaughn, Nyah, Kiera and Olivia performing A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

The talent of Selwyn

by Ann van Engelen

Selwyn’s Got Talent was an opportunity for local children and youth from across the district to showcase their singing, dancing and entertaining ability last weekend with the Sisifo-Laloata siblings taking first place overall.

“More than 50 performers appeared on the day. Evile, Elina and Mymah’s song was from The Greatest Showman, and as a judge, I liked the family connection, they were perfectly harmonised and certainly picked up the vibe of the crowd,” said Selwyn Creative Networks founder Rachael Inch.

“The show was started three years ago as part of the Ellesmere Spring Show for local people to see what great things are happening amongst our young people. Emma Dunlop from Leeston Rhythm and Dance helps pull it all together and is amazing.

“The 14 years and over dance section was won by Leeston Rhythm and Dance Studio students Shavaughn, Nyah, Kiera and Olivia with their performance of A Little Party Never Killed Nobody. They had a lot of energy and were playful — adding to the atmosphere to the day. Their costumes were fantastic, and they worked well together and showed a lot of skill.

“All the performances added to the variety of entertainment including hip-hop, bands, dance, solo and group singers. Blake English won his solo category with his Six Sixty song and did phenomenally well. The video on Selwyn Creative Networks Facebook page of his performance had more than 1,500 views in the first few hours.

“Leeston Primary’s dance to Everything Is Going To Be Alright was so close to winning. We had to deliberate for some time for the placing.

They had a lot of energy and presented themselves very well for their age group.

“The other judges were piano teacher Helen from Leeston and Alison from Ellesmere College music department. Overall we all found judging very interesting and the excellent talent made our job quite difficult. I had tears in my eyes and felt so proud of all the children performing. I kept thinking how can we keep fostering these talents and keep providing them opportunities to perform on a public platform locally. It was a special day for everyone involved and a great platform for the young people to gain experience.”