13 Feb 2012
The founder/director of Footnote Dance, Deirdre Tarrant, will present her final seasons for the company this year. Tarrant told her Board of this decision in 2011 and has been actively involved in their plans for succession.
A life time devoted to encouraging opportunity for New Zealand dancers and choreographers has been fundamental to the development of the contemporary dance industry and identity here in New Zealand. Passionate about youth, creativity and the magic of dance to express what is unique about being a Kiwi, Tarrant will leave Footnote Dance as the leading company in the country with both a national and international reputation and a legacy of outstanding dancers and choreographers who have been part of the Footy Crew. Her vision of a repertoire company that gives on going opportunity for development and performance has been central to a New Zealand treasure that has had the ability to change with the times and environment, and to sustain an extensive dance programme and touring throughout New Zealand.
She plans to continue teaching her studios in Wellington, to freelance tutor overseas and to continue her role as a vocational examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance.
She will continue to lead Footnote Dance during this year as a new Director is sought and appointed with a planned overlap of direction to ensure a smooth transition to a new leader.