The stars from Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park
Stan Walker - Auckland
New Zealand’s favourite artist, STAN WALKER, has launched his new single, ‘YOU NEVER KNOW’, the first look from a new album set for release in 2017.
Having been kept busy over the past year, with acting roles in hit New Zealand films BORN TO DANCE, and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, Stan has been working around the clock between New Zealand, Los Angeles and London to create the fresh new sound that can be heard in ‘You Never Know’.
“I’m really excited to be releasing new music! I’ve come out of a long creative and technical process with songs I really love and I can’t wait to share them” Walker explains.
It’s been quite a ride for Stan since his guileless, effervescent raw talent was discovered in Australia some years ago. We’ve watched him develop into a multi-faceted artist at the height of his powers, promising exciting music and live shows to come.
To date, Stan has carefully cemented his position as one of New Zealand’s most successful artists, having sold over 250,000 singles and 100,000 albums, collecting eight New Zealand Music Awards, five ARIA Music Award nominations, and winning the Waiata Māori Award for Radio Airplay Record of the Year five times, in 2010, 2011 and then three consecutive years in a row from 2013 - 2015.
Stan Walker has signed up as an ambassador for the Coca‑Cola NZ and Youthline partnership and 2016 sees him returning to “one of my favourite gigs”, Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park, for the third time.
The Koi Boys – Christchurch
They took over The Voice Australia with their laid-back vibe and all-singing, all-dancing charm, and now the Gold Coast-based Koi Boys are coming home for Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park.
The Koi Boys - made up of Kiwis Danny Faifai, Kevin Keepa and Ngahere ‘Nuz’ Ngatai - were the first trio to perform on The Voice and won over the judges and fans with their on-stage chemistry and charismatic style.
To the outrage of fans, they were knocked out of the running before the finals but, since then, have released a new album Meant to Be and announced their New Zealand tour.
For almost a decade, the Koi Boys have been crooning, dancing and entertaining at their "Sunday Session" at the Gold Coast’s Koi Dining and Lounge Bar.
Consummate entertainers, the Koi Boys’ class act is guaranteed to get the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park audience up and on its feet.
Tami Neilson - Auckland
"Tami Neilson is one of the most exciting artists in country music today. She’s bringing to country music what acts like Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have brought to R&B."
Jonathan Keefe, Country Universe, USA
With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as "A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” (Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio)
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.
In 2014, Tami was also awarded the APRA Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most prestigious music award for excellence in songwriting, for her song “Walk (Back to Your Arms)”, as well as “Best Female Artist” at the National Country Music Awards and APRA’s “Best Country Song” at the NZ Country Music Awards. The release of her explosive album “Dynamite!” received rave reviews in MOJO, The Guardian (named “Top 10 Best Country Music Album”) and climbed to #1 on the NZ Music Charts, and winning the title of 2015’s “Best Country Music Album”
A 5 Star review in the NZ Herald claimed “This world-class album is a major statement from an artist at the top of her lyrical and vocal game.”
Internationally, 2016 has seen Tami play to sold out shows in Canada, hit the US Americana Charts, have a song from “Don’t Be Afraid” placed on the TV Series “Nashville, hold prime-time interviews on CBC Canada and gain airplay on several BBC Stations.
2016 will be the third time that crowd favourite Tami will return to the big Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage.
Vince Harder – Auckland and Christchurch
Multi-talented urban performer, producer and songwriter Vince Harder shot to fame as an X-Factor Australia finalist, with his single ‘Everything’ topping the charts both sides of the Tasman. The Henderson-born performer scooped this year’s Vodafone Pacific Music Awards, taking out Best Urban Pacific Artist, Best Male Artist and Best Producer. A talented lyricist, Vince collaborates with many of the biggest names in New Zealand music and recently co-wrote single ‘Start Again’ with Stan Walker.
Lavina Williams – Auckland and Christchurch
Former member of NZ’s top 90’s girl group MaVelle, Lavina Williams has had global success as a pop singer, musical theatre performer and performance coach.
As part of Ma’V’Elle, Lavina supported top female singers Tina Turner, Macy Grey, Boney M and B*witched. Lavina later joined the cast of Lion King Australia, which toured Singapore and Germany.
Closer to her Mangere Bridge home, Lavina has worked as a backing vocalist with NZ artists Gin Blackmore and Stan Walker and was the opening act for One Republic on their NZ tour.
Lavina recently mentored contestants in the second season of X Factor NZ and performed on Dancing with the Stars.
Barry Conrad – Auckland and Christchurch
Barry Conrad became a household name after wowing judges on X-Factor Australia – and that’s just the start of the story for the South African-born, Kiwi-bred performer.
Barry’s many talents as a songwriter, performer and actor have taken him around the world.
He’s opened for R&B giants Craig David and K-C & Jo-Jo, worked with Guy Sebastian and Delta Goodram, starred in hit Australian film The Sapphires - he’s even sung for the Pope.
Now based in Sydney, Barry’s looking forward to crossing the ditch and returning to the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage.
Currently touring Australia playing the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray Arena Spectacular - the largest production of it ever staged inthe world. Barry’s looking forward to crossing the ditch and returning to the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage.
Anna Grahame – Auckland and Christchurch
Performer Anna Grahame’s soulful sound has taken her from Tasman to Tinsletown, where she represented New Zealand in the 2016 World Championship of Performing Arts.
Nelson-bred Anna grew up on the stage, with regular performances in choirs, musical theatre productions and local events. Now based in Auckland’s Otahuhu, Anna favourite genre, gospel.
This is Anna’s 4th year as a backing vocalist for Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park, an event she loves.
Paul Fagamalo – Auckland and Christchurch
Actor, singer and dancer Paul Fagamalo is one of New Zealand’s most versatile performers, with all-round talent that’s taken him on the road with Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park for four years.
Now based in Wellington, Paul was one of the original cast members of Kila Kokonut Krew’s The Factory, performing sell-out shows at the Auckland Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Festival in 2014. If he’s not on stage, Paul’s likely to be busy behind the scenes, with his talents extending to theatre production and stage management.
Iri Aumatangi – Auckland and Christchurch
Auckland based singer, songwriter and producer Iri Atarangi has sung with local artists including Jamoa Jam and Wale Vocals. The Howick local has taken his stunning voice to festivals throughout New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, USA, Tahiti, Samoa and Rarotonga.
Iri is passionate about his performing career and his full time job as the Education Programme Coordinator at Family Life Education Pasefika, a community organisation encouraging Auckland youth to seek their potential.
Nyree Huyser – Auckland and Christchurch
Scottish-born singer-songwriter Nyree has sung her way around the world – and the vivacious performer is excited to return to the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage for the fourth time.
Nyree launched her career with European AbbaMania tribute band, a role that took her from the Mediterranean to the Philippines. An outstanding vocalist, Nyree toured the UK and Ireland with her Beyoncé tribute show Get Fierce! before moving to Christchurch.
The talented songwriter has just released her EP and combines writing with performances at festivals and local events.
Sam Allen - Auckland and Christchurch
Dynamic frontman, guitarist, vocalist, band leader and composer - Sam Allen burst on to the original music scene out of Auckland in 2012 with his well- received single hit ‘Assurance’.
Since then he has fronted the energetic and popular house band ‘The Beat Council’ at Sale Street (now ‘Sweat Shop’) in the heart of Auckland, wowing capacity crowds week after week with fantastic renditions of pop, funk, soul and groove covers and performing for high end corporate clients in solo, duo and quartet covers groups. He has travelled extensively with his music and in 2015 completed a European tour.
Kaylee Bell – Christchurch
Winning Toyota Star Maker in Australia saw Waimate’s Kaylee Bell perform with some of the world’s biggest stars such as Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert. She took home CMANZ Female Artist 2013 and 2014, became an Australian Golden Guitar finalist for Best New Talent and pocketed a Tui Award for Best Country Music album at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards.
Kaylee has performed at some of world’s biggest festivals and shared stages with Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, played the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee as-well as performing on every main stage at every country music festival around Australia.
Kaylee has had ten top ten singles on the Australian country music charts and her latest single That’s What I Call Crazy hit number one on the New Zealand Country i-Tunes chart.
Whenua Patuwai – Christchurch
Whenua is a versatile pop, soul and R&B singer based in Christchurch. He is known for his appearance on the first New Zealand series of The X Factor where he was the runner-up. Competing in the Boys category, he was mentored by Ruby Frost. His debut single "Something Special" was released in July 2013 and peaked at number three in the New Zealand singles chart. His debut album The Soul Sessions was released in June 2014 and debuted at number four in the album chart.
Awhimai Fraser - Auckland
Auckland based Awhimai Fraser has a degree in performing arts and is currently learning te reo māori. Trained in musical theatre the 21 year old full time student describes herself as “a pop singer with a māori flare.”
The former member of "The Beatgirls” has performed regularly at national and international events including singing the national anthem for the Silver Ferns, travelling to China with the mayoral delegation of Aotearoa in 2015 and 2016 and starring in many musicals, most recently "Edges" directed by Jason Te Mete.
Cameron Rota – Auckland
Teenager Cameron Rota caught the eye of global superstar Daniel Bedingfield as a contestant on the X-Factor New Zealand, with Bedingfield becoming the Whatakane-based singer-songwriter’s coach and mentor. Fast- forward a few years and Cameron now combines his love of music and original songwriting with aviation studies. Cameron has performed at hundreds of events around New Zealand and this is his second time on the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage, an event he has loved since a child.
Taye Williams – Auckland
R&B singer-songwriter Taye Williams started his musical career busking in Auckland, with his upbeat style eventually landing him a finalist spot on The X-Factor New Zealand. The New Lynn musician has released five singles, with his upbeat track Now or Never debuting on the NZ top singles chart.
Taye has opened for US superstars K-C & Jo-Jo and has collaborated with top NZ artists including Opshop and Dane Rumble. He regularly performs on TV and at events around NZ.
Catherine Cameron – Auckland
Kristin School teacher and regular on the musical theatre circuit, Catherine’s recent performance credits include Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, Rent and 42nd St at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. A multitalented performer, vocalist and classically- trained dancer, Catherine’s experience in the music industry includes the production of a self- titled album in Los Angeles. Catherine currently manages International Baccalaureate Dance and Theatre at Kristin School.
Selevasio Tui’ma – Auckland
13 year old Selevasio makes his debut on the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage when he performs the global favourite Hallelujah.
The St Paul’s College student won the recent “Stand Up, Stand Out” secondary school competition, beating much older competitors and wowing the judges with his extraordinary voice and stage presence.
Turanga Merito - Head Choreographer
Turanga burst onto the stage of Coca‐Cola Christmas in the Park at just 17 years old.
From there, his talent was quickly noticed and he was scouted to play Simba in Disney’s Australian production of The Lion King.
Since then, the 29 year old has been jetting between Australia and New Zealand as the leading choreographer and vocal coach on The X‐Factor NZ and touring as a backing vocalist for Stan Walker.
The former Rotorua resident says, “It’s great to be part of a production that showcases New Zealand’s diverse talent, I’m so lucky to be living my dream!”
Turanga was the artistic director on Rotorua’s recent Contemporary Maori Fashion Show and is currently working as backing vocalist and choreographer in Marcia Hines’ Band (US/AUS).
Simon Barnett - MC for Christchurch
Simon is the award winning Breakfast host for More FM, his long career in both TV and radio has made him a household name for most New Zealanders. He is the father of 4 teenage daughters, married for 24 years. Family man and philanthropist not to mention the reigning Champion of Dancing with the Stars. Simon has graced our TV screens since the ripe old age of 17, hosting shows like What Now, Stars in your Eyes, Wheel of Fortune and Now That’s Funny with his radio co-host Gary McCormick.
Jason Gunn - MC for Auckland
Jason Gunn is one of New Zealand’s premier entertainers. With extensive experience in both television and radio, he has been a household name in New Zealand for over twenty years.
His earlier career (during the 1980’s and 90’s) saw Gunn as the face of children’s television, hosting the long-running shows “After School”, “What Now?” and “Son of a Gunn”.
He went on to host a number of popular shows such as Dancing with the Stars, Wheel of Fortune and The Rich List.
He currently hosts More FMs afternoon Drive show with his ‘Sister from another Mister’ Lana Searle.
He has recently launched his own you tube channel - youtube.com/jasongunn, but what he’s most proud of are his children Eve, Grace, Faith, and Louis.
Dixon Nacey - Auckland and Christchurch
Creative / Musical Director of Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park, Dixon Nacey’s 20 year music career has seen him perform with some of New Zealand’s top jazz and pop musicians as a backing artist and session player.
Notable pop and jazz artists he has been fortunate enough to perform with include Alma Micic (USA), Larry Ransome (USA), Matt Penman (USA), David Friesen (USA), Denise Perrier (USA), Andy Irvine (USA), Andrew Dickeson (Aus), Natalie Dietz (Aus), Michel and Shem Benebig (New Caledonia) Nathan Haines, King Kapisi, Tama Waipara, Annie Crummer, Whirimako Black, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Troy Kingi, Rob Ruha, Tami Nielson, Julia Deans, Anna Coddington.
Dixon has recorded three albums with the Samsom Nacey Haines Trio, the first of which was a finalist in the 2009 Jazz Tui of The Year Award and currently teaches jazz at Auckland University.
Brady Peeti – Auckland and Christchurch
Auckland actor and soul singer Brady Peeti had a feeling that 2016 was going to bring great things - and what could be greater than performing as Santa in Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park?
Brady’s a regular in the performing arts space, with strong musical theatre credentials and a recently released blues single. As a lover of gospel, Brady’s looking forward to giving Santa great soulful vocal moments that will wow the audience.
Andy Cochrane - Auckland and Christchurch
Andrew is a versatile and sought after musician with many years of professional experience as a pianist, singer, instrumentalist and studio artist.
Andrew’s performance and studio credits include iconic New Zealand acts such as The Exponents, Opshop, The Feelers and Nesian Mystik.
As a highly successful career musician, Andrew has performed all over the world, including regular engagements in Dubai, Singapore, Australia and the UK.
His band Whistlejacket came to acclaim in 2014 with their debut EP Year of The Horse rising to number 4 on the New Zealand music charts.
Andrew also hosts his own music TV show on Juice TV’s Chilling with Leys and Key, featuring interviews, reviews and performances with some of NZ’s finest national and international acts.
Pete France - Auckland and Christchurch
Pete has performed at jazz festivals and concerts with The Rodger Fox Big Band, Tony Christie, Shane Cortese, Natalie Cole, Randy Crawford, Midge Marsden, King Kapisi, Stan Walker, Operatunities and Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park to name just a few.
Pete has performed in Australia, UK, Europe, Asia and the USA as well as performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival USA and other international festivals.
Pete is a tutor in saxophone, theory and improvisation at the New Zealand School of Music.
Isaac Etimani - Auckland and Christchurch
A late bloomer in the music industry, Isaac Etimani is an exciting, fresh and raw talent progressing on the local music scene.
With years of gig experience he has worked and collaborated with some of New Zealand’s finest.
“The passion and desire to learn this instrument came naturally to me in 2004. I spent some time dedicating my efforts to learning my craft.”
Isaac studied at Auckland University as a part time student in Jazz Major to further his knowledge. He began to show huge Groove potential and shot through the ranks in a short amount of timeplaying at some of NZ’s major festivals, also to bass session for Ddub, Sons of Zion, Aradnah, Hypnotics, Adeaze, King Kapisi, Stan Walker, Erikah, The Boom Cat, Moana and the Tribe, Tj Taotua, Rosie and Cydel to name just a few.
Mike Booth - Auckland and Christchurch
Mike Booth has maintained a freelance career performing a wide variety of music. Before moving to Europe Mike performed with Cats Away, Netherworld Dancing Toys, Dave Dobbyn and many other familiar Kiwi musical icons. After returning to NZ in 2008 Mike started teaching (NZSM Auckland and Wellington; Auckland University; High School itinerate in Auckland and Hamilton), co-founded the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, and has performed with a wide variety of musicians including with Tui Jazz award winners Phil Broadhurst, Nathan Haines, and Rodger Fox.
Lee Gray - Auckland
UK-born singer-songwriter Lee Gray is an expert at getting the party started – and he’s excited about bringing his get up and dance vibe to the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage.
Whether it’s kicking off the 2015 FIFA U20’s World Cup, or getting the dancefloor going at his regular gigs, the Hillcrest-based singer always impresses. Lee has released two solo albums and is part of the international recording duo, Lee Gray & The Beat.
Ben White - Auckland and Christchurch
After spending years on the road recording and touring internationally with the likes of Dane Rumble and Sola Rosa, Ben has returned to NZ from time abroad in Vancouver, Canada to set Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park alight in 2016.
Ben is known for his infectious stage presence and musicality. His performance in 2014 had him dubbed by fellow cast members as "The happiest guy in the universe". This years performance will be nothing short of spellbinding!
The Black Quartet - Auckland and Christchurch
Jessica Hindin (Leader, Violin)
Mahuia Bridgeman-Cooper (Violin)
Joseph Harrop (Viola)
Rachel Wells (Cello)
With spellbinding arrangements and a superb and diverse repertoire spanning centuries, The Black Quartet is New Zealand’s leading string ensemble, providing a captivating sonic experience that will set any event apart.
Mike Young - Auckland
Mike is a stalwart of the Big Band scene and has toured at home and abroad in the Rodger Fox Big Band accompanying such greats as Michael Brecker, Dave Weckl and John Fedchock, and is currently playing with the innovative Auckland Jazz Orchestra. In the popular music scene his performing and recording credits include Nesian Mystic, Greg Johnson and dDub. Additionally Mike works as Head of Music at Pakuranga College. As a dad, having Christmas in the Park from out front on many occasions, Mike is looking forward to seeing the 2016 event from on stage.
Miyo Yoon – Auckland
Miyo leads a successful freelance career as a violinist in Auckland. She has played with the top orchestras all around New Zealand, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Wellington Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. In Auckland, Miyo enjoys playing in a variety of orchestras and ensembles, as well as teaching privately and in schools to share the passion for music making.
Satori Mason – Christchurch
Christchurch teenager Satori Mason’s soulful sound has taken her all the way from Avonhead to London, where she performed with Black Eyed Peas’ Grammy-award winning producer, Printz Board.
Now in her last year at Avonhead Girls High School, Satori is co-producing her debut EP and is excited about joining Stan Walker on his upcoming New Zealand tour.
Micah Heath – Christchurch
Micah began singing just four years ago, teaching himself to play and sing along with his guitar. The Burnside School pupil soon started writing original music, winning the InTune song writing competition for secondary school students.
Along with appearing on TV2’s talent show The One, Micah was also a finalist in New Zealand X- Factor.
Jono Boyle – Christchurch
St Bede’s student Jono Boyle is excited about performing his biggest ever gig at Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park. The talented 15-year- old recently studied at the Berkley College of Music in Boston, with his experience helping him land the songwriting award at this year’s Canterbury Rockquest finals.
Jono plays piano, guitar and sings and dreams of being a professional musician.
Jade Tait – Christchurch
Singer Jade Tait started performing as a young girl at church events in her hometown of Rotorua. Now based in Christchurch, Jade has sung at many community events and supported local artists like Ginny Blackmore.
Jade will be opening for fellow Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park artist Stan Walker as part of his upcoming NZ tour. Jade’s thrilled to be singing at Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park and says, “It’s so great to do what I love, in the city I love, in the best season of all!”
Sarah McCracken - Christchurch
Sarah began studying violin as a 3 year old and has gone on to perform as a soloist with APO, Aotea Youth Orchestra, Academy Orchestra of Auckland, and APPA Festival Orchestra, as well as a solo performance for Prince Charles.
She completed a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University of Wellington and while studying was part of the Vector Wellington Orchestra before taking up a contract with the NZSO.
Sarah continued her studies in Europe and moved to London to complete a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2009 Sarah moved back to New Zealand, and since then has performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Wellington. She is an active chamber musician, and previously was concertmaster of Bach Musica and the New Zealand Pops Orchestra.
Sarah was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the CSO at the beginning of 2016.
Scott Taitoko - Christchurch
Known as a talented and accomplished trombonist in a wide variety of genres, Scott’s reputation has made him the player of choice for numerous ensembles around New Zealand and overseas. He has worked around the world as musical director, arranger and trombonist on board cruise ships and has played many festival and concert engagements throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific. A real individual solo voice as an improviser, Scott’s formidable reading and interpretation skills in all styles of music ensure he is the first call for any setting. Scott is currently Associate Principal Trombone for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Scott has played trombone for Diana Krall, Bill Cunliffe, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), James Morrison, Gordon Brisker, Scott Hartman, Bobby Shew, Hayley Westernra, Jackie Clarke, Delvanius Prime, Holly Smith, Tina Cross, Whirimako Black, Ruia Aperahama, Annie Crummer, Midge Marsden, the Top Twins and Dave Dobbyn. He has recorded for Basscamp, P-Bass Expressway, Solaa, Oval Office, Salmonella Dub, Julia Deans, A-Hori-Buzz and The Adults. Scott is currently teaching teaching theory, aural, improvisation, trombone and jazz ensembles on the Bachelor of Music Arts programme at the Ara Institute of Canterbury.
Jonathan Tanner – Christchurch
Jonathan Tanner began learning the violin at the age of 6 and has since received a Bachelor of Music and Postgraduate Diploma from Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music and a Master of Arts from Bern University of the Arts in Switzerland. He plays violin and viola regularly in many New Zealand orchestras including the Christchurch and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. A versatile musician with extensive chamber music experience, Jonathan can improvise and play a wide variety of musical styles including Classical, Irish, Bluegrass and Country. He is just as comfortable playing in an orchestra as he is in a rock or folk band and can play anything from Mendelssohn to Michael Jackson. Jonathan is now based in Christchurch and splits his time between teaching and performing throughout New Zealand.
Street Candee Dance Company - Auckland
Street Candee Dance is an all female professional dance company based in Auckland. Their dance style covers everything from jazz, burlesque, jazz funk to hip hop and they’re r, they perform on TV, Live Shows & Community Events.
Founded in 2015, the group has danced on X-Factor New Zealand, performed at FIFA U20, appeared in various New Zealand and Australian music videos. They perform at corporate events and parties, as well as collaborating on works with K Pop artists.
Street Candee is led by Rina Chae, an international choreographer and dancer.
Auckland City School of Arts – Auckland
The elite dancers from ACSA eat, sleep, dance, repeat; training to achieve excellence in all dance and performance genres.
2016 has been an incredible year for ACSA, with the talented troupe competing in LA, Australia and New Zealand. However, for the globetrotting young dancers, Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park is always the highlight of the year and they can’t wait to be back on the stage for the third time this year.
Rebellious – Auckland
Passionate girl group Rebellious is a hip hop crew based at Red Studio in Howick.
The talented young dancers aged 10-13 have danced their way to national and international urban dance titles and recently qualified for the Hip Hop Unite World Championships in Vienna. The girls are thrilled their energy, determination and teamwork have earned them a place in Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park for the first time.
Studio 246 Juniors - Auckland
The young dancers from Forrest Hill’s Studio 246 Junior group are incredibly excited to make the line-up for Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park for the first time.
The girls are dance fanatics, who love learning multiple styles of dance. Their current routine Cha Cha Heels is undefeated in this year’s Australian and New Zealand competition circuit.
Freshmanz Dance Crew - Auckland
Current Battlegrounds NZ and Auckland Hip Hop Champions, Freshmanz Dance Crew is a collective of urban choreographers and movers who use a fusion of dance, contemporary and cultural movement to tell stories.
From their base in Glendene, the Freshmanz Crew have won four national Hip Hop Championships, cut up the dance floor on Maori Television’s The Stage, performed at countless local events and have ignited the stage at Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park since 2013.
Colour China Dance Group - Auckland
Founded in 2011, Colour China Dance is a community based dance group formed by dance lovers and comprised of a Youth Team and a Mums Team.
They practice and perform different types of dances from Chinese classic, folk and ethnic through to contemporary dances at different ethnic stages.
Working full-time while dancing part-time best describes a lifestyle that they all enjoy whole-heartedly.
This is the third time that Colour China has performed at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park in Auckland.
Phoenix Belly Dance - Auckland
The Phoenix Belly Dance Group, led by Candice Frankland, are the winners of the Viva Eclectika Asia Vision Cup, Best Nationwide Entertainment Company Award and international Trained by the Stars award. They have has been invited to teach and perform on tour around New Zealand, South Africa, Namibia, Fiji, Turkey and Australia, and are very excited to be performing at Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park in Auckland for the 6th year in a row.
Chant et Danse – Christchurch
Founded on passion and driven by excellence, the Chant Et Danse entertainers bring the wow factor to the big stage.
This year will be the eleventh year that these talented singers and dancers have performed at Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park.
Tribal Diva Dance School – Christchurch
TribalDiva Belly Dance Company is Christchurch’s premier bellydance troupe who has dazzled crowds from Dunedin to Las Vegas.
TribalDiva Belly Dance Company loves taking its eye-catching style to new audiences and they are very excited to be part of the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park’s fantastic lineup for the fifth year running.
Impact Dance School – Christchurch
The 25 talented dancers from across Canterbury are senior members of Impact’s auditioned troupe - ‘Company Kids’.
During the week they take classes in tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, singing, acting and acrobatics - training that’s prepared them for performances on What Now and The Erin Simpson Show.
The dancers have been thrilled to be part of Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park every year since 2010 and can’t wait to be part of this great event.
Garden City Dance Academy – Christchurch
Led by an internationally qualified team of tutors, the students at Garden City Dance Academy are immersed in the joy, creativity and expression of classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance.
This year, twenty five of the Garden City’s best dancers will perform on the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage. It will be the highlight of a busy year of dancing at festivals, galas and competitions and the girls can’t wait.
Rangi Ruru Student Company - Christchurch
Students from different dance schools across Christchurch have come together to create the Rangi Ruru Student Company. Rehearsing before school from their base at Rangiruru School, the teenagers love working together to choreograph and perform original routines.
This is the first year the girls have auditioned together and they are thrilled to be finishing the school year on the Coca‑Cola Christmas in the Park stage.