In 2003 an amazing woman, mother, daughter and friend, lost her lengthy battle with cancer. Barb showed, through her strength and passion for living, the importance of embracing and acknowledging life – each stage of it – and the corresponding challenges of those stages.
Some years ago a group of women met when their daughters were dancing with Deneze School of Dance. During that time they danced together, organised shows together, and – along with their children – became close-knit friends. The children grew up, the dancing slowed and the shows were no more; but the bond remained strong.
Inspired by the memory of their dear friend Barb, this group of enthusiastic and talented women, with strong backgrounds in the arts, joined together to put on a show to celebrate and showcase women’s talents and the passion for life.
They didn’t stop there. There have now been five dynamic Tarnished Frocks and Diva shows – so good they’ve been sell-outs. And the crowds want more. The next spectacular is destined for September 2015.
FOR THE FUTURE
Because of the overwhelming success of all three shows – and ongoing encouragement and enthusiasm of the participating women – Tarnished Frocks and Divas is now a biennial event.
The event will continue to be an avenue from which to introduce new and unique concepts using the performing arts. It will create openings for women both young and mature to experience and be involved in myriad forms of creativity – think dance, acting, costume design, set & lighting design, hair & make-up artistry, musical compositions and other diverse art forms.
Tarnished Frocks and Divas is a much celebrated event in Tauranga drawing not only on national artists, but fully supportive of local talent already discovered, and yet to be.
Tarnished Frocks and Divas will be working towards achieving flagship status. This is a way of recognizing, through support of Tauranga City Council, the event’s economic benefit to the local creative sector and the business community.
To empower women by providing a revoluntionary platform of self-discovery, inspiration and creative expression that unites a community and embraces a nation.