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THE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 11, 2012
Seeing the world on high
Taking in the view: Stilt walkers Deanna Selby, left, and Cath Lay were a good fit at Palmerston
North's non-motorised Christmas Parade last month.
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
By JUDITH LACY
Deanna Selby struggles to walk in high
heels and prefers jandals.
But she has no problems parading
around Palmerston North streets in stilts
and afterwards has the springiest feet in
the world .
She likens the sensation to jumping on a
trampoline for ages.
Miss Selby and friend Cath Lay were
part of the Palmerston North Christmas
Parade last month, though it was touch and
go for a while as stilt walking and strong
wind do not go together.
A flatmate introduced Miss Selby to stilt
walking about a decade ago -- within a week
she was getting it and within a month
had her first gig.
She has since taught people including her
two daughters and says to learners the
weight of the stilts is like walking in
gumboots full of wet sand. Then the height
is like standing on a ladder.
While she will often trip and recover she
has only fallen over once on her stilts -- at
the dress rehearsal for last year s Evento
Wearable Art event in Feilding.
She had been fine the first time she got
on the Manfeild stage but the next practice
-- this time in costume, she hit a panel on
the stage with different grip.
I was just doing my thing and the next
minute I was doing the splits. Wow, I didn t
count on that happening.
However, she felt many observers
thought it was part of her routine.
It was exciting because I had never done
it and because it was so slow. I couldn t
even show anyone a battle scar. I had this
tiny red mark on my knee that wasn t
worth showing anyone.
One of the knees on her stilts was broken
so for the actual show she was off the stage
but still in character as a four-legged crea-
When Miss Selby learnt to stilt walk the
only pair available was 1.52 metres (five
feet) from the foot plate to the ground. Her
current ones are 91 centimetres (three feet)
so she does not have to duck as much.
A stilt walker s own shoes are bolted onto
the wooden foot plate which is bolted onto
the stilts. Miss Selby uses duct tape to stop
her toes and heels lifting, helping her feel
the stilts are part of her legs.
The tighter the shoe the better, though
there is a fine line between secure stilts and
pins and needles in the feet.
She typically will not do more than two
hours on her stilts to ensure her circulation
She feels awkward wearing high heels as
she is not a girlie girl .
Growing up in Pahiatua, she did gymnas-
tics but not seriously and loved
An added attraction of stilt walking for
Miss Selby was the opportunity to make
costumes without having to organise her
own party or attend orientation gigs, even
though the outfits now need super long
She still has the Wonder Woman costume
an aunt made her when she was four.
It s just gone from there. I ve always,
always done costumes.
Many of her creations have been hand-
stitched though an aunt lent her one of the
oldest sewing machines in the world .
Miss Selby is not much of a pattern fol-
lower; if her design does not work out she
will give it another go and if need be,
The teacher aide loves her job at
Awatapu College working with special
needs students, but a dream remains.
If I could, I would run away with the
Creedence on course for visit
They're back: Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs in Upper Hutt next month. From left,
Kurt Griffey, John Tristao, Stu Cook, Doug Clifford and Steve Gunner.
We have one double pass to Creedence
Clearwater Revisited's concert to give
away. To go in the draw, email your name,
address and daytime phone number to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm,
January 18. Or post your details to
Creedence Clearwater, The Tribune,
P O Box 1255, Palmerston North. One
entry per person.
The winners of double passes to The
More FM Summer Vineyard Tour at
Martinborough on February 5 are Carlos
Verastegui, Palmerston North, and
Gordon Doreen, Feilding.
First they were revived and now they are
Creedence Clearwater Revisited, formed
in 1995 by Creedence Clearwater Revival
members Stu Cook (bass) and Doug
Cosmo Clifford (drums) performs at the
Trentham Racecourse on February 3.
Though the pair initially only planned to
play private parties, Creedence Clearwater
Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a
year and released the album Recollection.
We never really had any intention of
playing for the public, Cook said.
But a friend wanted to promote a couple
of concerts. We got talked into it, but didn t
know how it would go over.
Many of their fans today had not even
been born when the music was released.
In the beginning Cosmo and I decided
that if we could find the musicians that
could capture the sound and recreate what
the music was about, we d do it, Cook said.
Lead singer/rhythm guitar player John
Tristao rose to prominence as lead singer
for the band People! which had a hit with I
The newest member of Creedence Clear-
water Revisited is lead guitarist Kurt
As a guitarist, songwriter, producer and
performer, Griffey has recorded and toured
with musicians, including members of the
Eagles, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Wings,
Lynyrd Skynryd, Santana, and Journey.
Talented multi-instrumentalist Steve Gun-
ner rounds out the group.
Gun provides live all the overdubs that
were on the records. He plays keyboard,
acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica and
sings the high harmonies, Clifford said.
The playlist includes Proud Mary, Bad
Moon Rising, Green River, Suzie Q and
Who'll Stop the Rain.
The Trentham support act is Made in NZ
-- Jackie Clarke and Rikki Morris
celebrating 50 years of favourite summer
The show runs from 7pm till 10pm with
the main act from 8.30pm.
Tickets are available from Ticketek.
See trentham.co.nz for details.
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