Pacific Resort Activities Manager crowned ‘2014 National Dancer of the Year’

Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) would like to congratulate Pacific Resort Rarotonga Activities Manager - Matt Pierre, who has been crowned ‘Cook Islands National Dancer of the Year’ at the 2014 Te Mira Ura competition.

This competition is the highlight of the annual Island Dance Festival Week, and is considered the most prestigious dance title in the Cook Islands. Matt is delighted to hold the coveted title, admitting that dancing has been a long time love of his, and that winning the National Dancer of the year is something he has wanted to achieve for some time now.

“I’m a proud Cook Islander and it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for the past three years, this year was the year I finally decided to do it. Dancing has been my passion from a young age, and it’s something that will never go away.” This is not the first time Matt has found success in this competition either. After he discovered his natural talent and love of dance at a young age, Matt was awarded the junior title back in 1996. 

Traditionally, Cook Islands dances tell stories passed down from generation to generation and are practiced rigorously since early childhood. Matt’s theme for his winning dance this year was was ‘Te Reo Maori’ and ‘keeping our language alive’, a theme which is obviously very close to his heart. 

Matt has not only found success on a national scale, he has also been selected to perform at a variety of prestigious national events including the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012, an event which was witnessed by millions around the world. 
“I danced at Te Vara Nui for two years and was there for the opening, I went on a trip to England to support the Queen’s Jubilee, as part of the Cook Islands group,” he says. Following on from this amazing opportunity, Matt travelled throughout Europe as part of the Cook Islands performance team, and was also featured in King Kapisi’s music video ‘Clap Ya Hands’. 

Currently Matt’s dancing aspirations are to pass on his love of dance to his three children and have them “follow in Daddy’s footsteps.” And it seems to be working, with his two eldest children performing as part of the Te Rau Maire Dance Troup, a local group that performs at a variety of events around Rarotonga. 

Not only claiming the title of ‘Dancer of the Year’, Matt also won ‘Best Costume of the Night’, another amazing accomplishment, given the high standard of costumes which appear at this event.  Matt says he will be framing his costume it to remind him of the glory days and allow him to “reminisce on the good times.”

Congratulations Matt, Pacific Resort Hotel Group is proud to have such a dedicated and talented performer in its team.