Young dancers step up

1st December 2017 7:00 AM
SHOWTIME: Hannah Fretwell (centre), from Academy of Dance Dalby, with guest students from Cunnamulla. SHOWTIME: Hannah Fretwell (centre), from Academy of Dance Dalby, with guest students from Cunnamulla.

STUDENTS from the Academy of Dance Dalby impressed the audience with their intricate moves and perfect timing at their annual concert last weekend.

Principal Debbie Noller said she was proud of how her pupils performed.

"It went really well, we were amazed at the crowd of people, both nights were pretty well packed,” Mrs Noller said.

"We haven't seen that in the 20 years we have been there so we were really thrilled with the audience.

"The big thing is you spend the first half of the year doing technical stuff and then just to get that performance in during the second half of the year is great.... every little kid loves to perform.

"We had our prep age and some of those did a few different genres and they did really well considering it was their first year of formal education.

"With the older girls the performing art is a big part of dance and it gives them a great opportunity to get on stage.

"Our senior girls, there are eight of them, are at a very high standard and probably the highest standard the school has seen for a few years.”

One of the highlights of the concert was Cunnamulla students performing for the crowd.

"This year I have gone out to Cunnamulla with a RADF grant to do little workshops with the students to try and bring something of interest to them,” Mrs Noller said.

"We thought it would be nice to bring them east... so the state school bus brought seven children and a couple of teachers.

"It was very much a reward for them. In order for them to come, not only did they have to come to weekly practises but they had to attend school 80 per cent of the time and have top behaviour.

"We're looking at repeating it next year because it went so well.”