Born to Dance

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AUCKLAND, Thursday: Bank of New Zealand and Colenso BBDO have collaborated to remind New Zealanders of the important role a business can play in someone’s life. The ad, directed by Nathan Price at Ruskin, follows a teenage boy with a love for dance living in rural New Zealand.

While his skills and dedication to dance are obvious, it’s also clear he’s alone in his pursuit. His story of isolation is set to a stripped back cover of Robyn’s song, Dancing On My Own.

The end reveals that while he might be physically disconnected from the people who love what he does, he’s connected through an online dance school.

“This is a story of a business that doesn’t just teach dance, but reassures a kid he’s not alone.”

Colenso BBDO chief creative officer Simon Vicars said: “It’s been a hard year for businesses. Now felt like the right time to advocate for their importance again, to remind us all of the influence they have in the lives of everyday New Zealanders.

“There’s so much uncertainty that comes with being a teenager. This is a story of a business that doesn’t just teach dance, but reassures a kid he’s not alone.”

BNZ marketing & design manager Amy Phillips said:  “The last 18 months have been tough for New Zealand’s businesses, but we’ve stood by them and helped them adapt, knowing the important role they play in our communities.”

The ad which was shot across two days in Tūākau, will run on TV, digital and is supported by OOH and social.


Client: BNZ

Agency: Colenso BBDO

Production Company: Ruskin

Director: Nathan Price

Executive Producer: Claris Harvey

Producer: Helen Naulls

DOP: Ginny Loane

Editor: Luke Haigh

Colourist: Ben Eagleton

Online: Damon Duncan & Rhys Dippie

Post Production: Assembly

Music & Sound: Franklin Rd

Media Agency: Hearts & Science

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