Future film producer Fiona Copland (The Price of Milk) is the reporter for this September 1984 piece on the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. Flashdance (1983) is in the air and Lionel Ritchie hit 'Running with the Night' is the soundtrack, as the wannabes aim to impress the likes of Limbs director Mary Jane O'Reilly. The students include Taiaroa Royal and Fenella Bathfield. Bathfield would shortly find local fame as host of after school programmes 3:45 LIVE! and The Bugs Bunny Show. The report screened on long-running arts programme Kaleidoscope.
You always worry about getting a job. The end of each year the pressure always builds. In your first year you worry about if you’re going to get in for a second year. In your second year you worry about if you’re going to get a scholarship. When you get a scholarship you then worry about whether you’re going to get a job with a company. It’s constantly with you.– New Zealand School of Dance student Fenella Bathfield