= Photography By Taylor Swain, more photos below
= Article By Craig Lawson
Southlanders came to the party on Saturday night to help a local teenager pursue his dream.
The occasion at Stadium Southland was a fundraiser for James Luck who has been accepted into the Urban Dance Centre in Sydney.
The 17-year-old needed $18,000 for tuition fees and accommodation costs so he could gain further training at the prestigious Sydney dance school.
Four hundred people attended the concert and James was ecstatic with the response.
“It was so awesome, it’s just so overwhelming the support Southland has given me,” he says.
Local artists including Suzanne Prentice, Lipstick and the band Haze donated their time to support James.
Prentice in between belting out the hits, spoke highly of the talented teenager.
“There is nobody more than James who does deserve success, he is a fabulous little dancer,” she says.
The Invercargill Licensing Trust donated $5,000, sound and lighting technicians made themselves available and the venue was provided free of charge for the concert.
Luck showcased his singing and dancing skills that caught the attention of the Urban Dance Centre in Sydney.
Eight back-up dancers helped him to WOW the audience with routines he had choreographed himself.
A crowd pleaser on the night was when he and his 12-year-old brother Ray, sang a song dedicated to their mother.
After the show, James says he wanted to include his brother in the show.
“It was something special I wanted to do for mum, before I left,” he says.
Luck now has the financial support he needs and leaves for Sydney on Tuesday with big dreams.
“I want to see my name in lights on Broadway.”
= Photography By Taylor Swain
James Luck in action
Special guests for the night included.
= And this wouldn’t be a Craig Lawson article without some eye-catching fashion.