Frances McGregor strikes a pose during a dance workshop held in Rockhampton.
Frances McGregor strikes a pose during a dance workshop held in Rockhampton. Nanje Barry

Workshops step it up for pupils

ROCKHAMPTON dance student Frances McGregor has been rubbing shoulders with some of Australia's dancing stars this week.

The 15-year-old Rockhampton Grammar student, who has been dancing since she was four years old, was ecstatic to have the opportunity to be coached by professional dancers Mark Hodge and Csaba Buday in a series of workshops which started yesterday in Rockhampton.

The Central Queensland Dancers Company workshops, which began yesterday, are being held at the Vicki Davis Academy of Dancing and the Michael Robertson School of Dance and Musical Theatre.

The workshops cover all genres from tap to contemporary.

"It's good to meet lots of people," said Frances yesterday.

"I'm really enjoying it."

Mr Hodge, who graced television screens for series one and two of Dancing With the Stars, said he was having a great time so far.

"The kids are pretty amazing," he said.

"They're very open and that's really important as far as learning goes."

The workshop has seen dancers travel from Mackay, Gladstone and Emerald to participate.

Ruth Lane, co-founder of CQDC, said the workshops were about teaching the dancers to be versatile.

"When you bring up professionals from Sydney and Brisbane, the students are getting experience from all over," she said.

The CQDC will hold a showcase performance at the Walter Reid Theatre this Saturday.



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