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Dance in the Land of Dragor

Posted on February 14, 2012

Children’s author Julia Suzuki has created a national dance competition based on her books about the mythical Land of Dragor. The competition, currently at regional heat stage, is open to dancers of all ages (male and female) and contestants are judged on their interpretation of a piece of music and the themes of Julia’s book Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms.

At each of the ten regional heats, ten dancers will qualify for the grand final (held in May this year) and a winner in each age category at regional stage will take home a sash, trophy and goody bag. 

The overall winner will receive a holiday for four people at one of Spice Resorts’ five-star European destinations, a Dragor outfit (custom made by Dancehouse) and be crowned Dragor Dream Dancer 2012. In addition, every dancer competing will receive a gemstone from Julia herself. 

For more information, details of heats and rules visit

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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