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Dance school plans major finale

THEY might be part of one of the smallest dance schools on the Capricorn Coast, but students at Katherine’s Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts are ending the year in a big way.

Principal Katherine Wightman said to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the academy they would hold their end-of-year concert at The Pilbeam Theatre in Rockhampton.

“It is five years’ hard work,” Katherine said.

“The kids have worked hard, and I wanted to do the fifth anniversary concert for them.”

Aiming for a professional level of dance, Katherine said, they would incorporate fantastic lighting as well as great backdrops and props for their concert titled A Night To Remember.

Katherine said her students, aged from two to 19, would perform a mixture of traditional Broadway and old Hollywood numbers.

And with some of her charges leaving at the end of the year she was looking forward to seeing the students demonstrate their accomplishments from throughout the year and having a great time doing it.

“My reward is seeing the happiness in them.

“I’m proud of them,” she said.

Alice Grounds, 13, who has been at Katherine’s for the past three years, said she loved the chance to take centre stage as part of a smaller dance group.

“We get to do lots of big dances,” Alice said.

And stepping on stage at The Pilbeam Theatre, Alice said it could give her a taste of her future.

“I want to be a dance teacher or dance in the Australian Ballet.”

A Night to Remember is on Saturday, November 28. Tickets are available from the Pilbeam Theatre.



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