Keona trips busy stage at festival

DESPITE the tough training regime, the thrill that comes with competing in the Rockhampton Dance Festival is well worth the effort.

That's the word from 15-yearold Keona Weller who returned to the event this year after first competing two years ago.

"It's a really good experience,'' she said.

Keona said she was competing in a total of eight events during the seven-day festival in a range of sections including jazz, tap and ballet.

But she said she still had plenty of energy despite only having one day off this week.

"It's just a hobby so you don't get tired.''

Dance festival president Lee Dawson yesterday hailed the first three days of the festival a success, saying the event had moved from strength to strength.

"We've had great support from the crowds. Everything is going really well, it's been lovely,'' she said.

She said this year's festival was the biggest ever with a record 1300 performances set to light up the stage at the Pilbeam Theatre.

Ms Dawson said this year's festival also boasted more outof-town performers than last year with entrants coming from as far away as Lismore and a large contingent making the trip from Mackay.

"They (the Mackay performers) had a really good time last year so the teacher brought even more students with her this year.

"The word is spreading, big time!''

The Rockhampton Dance Festival continues this morning and will run until Saturday night.



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