Jessice Lawton performs at the Pilbeam Theatre yesterday during the last day of the Dance Festival.
Jessice Lawton performs at the Pilbeam Theatre yesterday during the last day of the Dance Festival. Allan Reinikka

From a ballerina to a dolphin

JESSICA and her mum Jan Lawton are a backstage dancing team.

Before the 13-year-old leaps on to the stage, Mrs Lawton is there to calm her down and remind her to dance for fun.

“You have to have fun with it and do it because you love it - otherwise it will take the enjoyment out,” Mrs Lawton said yesterday.

And her advice must have paid off, as Jessica was a picture of perfection and grace on stage at the Rockhampton Dance Festival during her classical ballet championships.

The ballet championships require dancers to perform two routines for the one section.

Jessica, a student at Amelia's Studio of Dance, came out first in an elegant orange tutu and fan, and then transformed into a graceful dolphin for her demi-character solo.

She said this section was the hardest because you only have a short time to race backstage and change into the next outfit.

Mrs Lawton said dancing was all about organisation, but sometimes even that doesn't work out.

Yesterday she said they forgot Jessica's head piece.

But Mrs Lawton said other dancing mums were always around and happy to lend a helping hand.

In the ballet championships Madi Keleher placed first and Indya Gardner was runner up.

Yesterday's 7th annual Rockhampton Dance Festival concluded with a gala concert and awards ceremony.

Standout acts were chosen throughout the festival to perform at the end concert.



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