JOURNEY THROUGH TIME: Whitsunday Dance Connection students perform at their end-of-year concert. Photo: Kathryn Cygan
JOURNEY THROUGH TIME: Whitsunday Dance Connection students perform at their end-of-year concert. Photo: Kathryn Cygan

Full house for dance concert

WHITSUNDAY Dance Connection's end-of-year production took friends, family and community on a journey through the ages while displaying the techniques and skills the dancers have learnt throughout the year.

Jacquelin Watts was one of these dancers, and said Whitsunday Dance Connection's Dance Through the Ages was an opportunity to showcase what the students could do.

"It's really fun, and a good way to show everyone, our friends and families what we've been doing all year," she said.

Jacquelin has been with Whitsunday Dance Connection for nine years, and at 12 years old she dances with the intermediate/senior class.

"I study all types of dance, including ballet, jazz, tap, character, modern, musical theatre and contemporary," she said.

Jacquelin said the best thing about dancing was being able to work with her dance teachers and choreographers, Jenny Featherstone and Paula Bradley.

"Ms Featherstone and Ms Bradley are extremely supportive of us, and of course so are our friends and family," she said.

It was a full house at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre for all three performances over the weekend, proving just how supportive the community can be.

"We sold out on Saturday and Sunday, and on Friday we came very close to selling out too. We were thrilled with the audience numbers," dance teacher and choreographer, Jenny Featherstone said.

Ms Featherstone added she was extremely proud of all her students.

"We like to give our students challenging choreography for their year level, and they all rose to the challenge. They looked amazing as well," she said.

Students work towards the final production throughout the year, and all 280 students performed over the weekend, along with the 15 women in the mothers' dance group.

"The students start preparing all year. We like them to reach a certain level by the end of the year (and) we have high standards which challenge the students to try their best," Ms Featherstone said.

While the success of Dance Through the Ages is worth celebrating, Ms Featherstone said she already missed her students as their year drew to a close.

"We have such a good time together, it really is like one big dance family (and) we have no more classes until next year now," she said.

Ms Featherstone also wished to thank the community for its strong support of the concert and the dancers.

"A huge thank you to the whole Whitsunday community," she said.

"And thank you to the friends and family and their commitment to their child's dancing, and thank you to the community for supporting this concert, I have a strong dance school because of it."


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