Let's dance!

BREANNA Perkins and Marnie Hungerford have just returned from an intense world dance competition in America, but are ready to jump back onto the local stage.

The young dancers will put their dancing shoes back on for the Rockhampton Dance Festival, which starts today at the Pilbeam Theatre.

It's an extreme love of dance that drives these girls to keep pushing themselves physically and emotionally.

The youngest member of Rockhampton Academy of Dancing's Team Australia, Ebony Bambrick, however, isn't able to compete in the festival.

But the nine-year-old is still cheering from being awarded third place overall in her age group for contemporary at the World Dance Championships in Long Beach, California, in July.

She also received a platinum gold (1st) and three high golds (2nd).

Ebony was the youngest dancer to travel internationally and to say her parents are proud of her talents and achievements would be an understatement.

All three girls have been dancing like crazy this year.

Breanna, 16, said in the lead-up to America she was training every day for hours.

She said it had been disappointing to get sick when she arrived overseas, enduring a bout of vomiting and a severe flu.

But she still went home with three high golds and 7th overall for her solo.

Despite the slight setback, Breanna said the whole experience was “awesome” and it was great to compete in such a high standard competition.

She said she was still a little tired, but that wouldn't stop her from putting 100% into her 10 performances at the Dance Festival.

Marnie, 12, will also perform about 10 routines this week.

While Marnie was dancing in America she received three platinums (1st).

Dance festival • The 7th annual Rockhampton Dance Festival opens today at the Pilbeam Theatre • Sessions run daily at 9am, 1.30pm and 6.30pm. • The festival concludes with the celebration concert on Sunday, October 4 at 3pm. • The first session today is tap solo 10 & 11 years. • Entry per session is $6 (adults), $4 (others)


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