Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dancers Go Nuts as Stage Bras Show Up

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dancers Go Nuts as Stage Bras Show Up

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DANCERS with one of the hit groups at this year's Billingham International Folklore Festival have been reunited with a vital part of their costumes.

The girls from the Te Hiva Nui dance team, from the Cook Islands, thought their traditional coconut bras must have been confiscated by customs under some bizarre EU food import regulations when they couldn't find them.

But it turned out they had just been mislaid in the luggage. Thankfully the garments were found in time to be donned by the glamorous Polynesian dancers in time for their final few performances.

Allanah Kae, who at 15 is one of the youngest members of the group, said the bras use real coconuts from the Cook Islands, which are smoothed down inside and out and varnished.

"Wearing them makes all the difference," she said.

"It feels more comfortable doing the dances with them on," she said.

Drew Stirling, 15, a volunteer with the Billingham Kids Club which helps out at the festival, was impressed by the group. …

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