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He told of growing up in Petone, one of six children, he began learning ballet at age 12. He was invited to join the then, New Zealand Ballet Company in 1958 and he won a scholarship to Sadler Wells Dance Company in England a year later. He danced with several companies in Europe returning to NZ in the1070's. Invited to join the Australian Ballet Company, he had a season with top world dancers Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1960. He mimed actions for the Cinderella story with the children and answered their questions.
Kapiti Kid's Motivation
Trust's guest to schools this term was dancer, Sir Jon Trimmer, New Zealand's
most famous dancer, who has danced with top ballet companies around the world.
Sir John and KKMT'S Roger Booth were at Otaki School at the beginning of November,
talking and working with pupils from years one to three.
"Dancing is miming to music, without words," he told them and later taught them some basic mime actions and put them into a story.
They were fascinated by his "handle bar" moustache, so he told them about a part he danced earlier this year, of a beer merchant, who was a bit eccentric and wore a fancy moustache. So he grew one then and still wore it!