Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dancing with the Very Best; Workshops from Arts Bursaries

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dancing with the Very Best; Workshops from Arts Bursaries

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Byline: Vanessa Jarrett

TWO ROCKHAMPTON dance students have moved among some of the country's best dancers these school holidays.

Beverley Prange Dance Centre students Keeley Tzoutzias and Emily Way attended workshops with leading dance schools in Sydney.

The girls were given the opportunity with a youth bursary from the Central Queensland Performing Arts Foundation.

Emily, 13, attended a holiday workshop in Sydney where she had the chance to improve her technique and learn new routines under the direction of professional teachers and choreographers.

"It was wonderful opportunity and I got to work with a lot of different choreographers and professionals outside of Rockhampton," Emily said.

The workshop ran for three days and Emily took part in both lyrical and contemporary classes with students from all over Australia.

She learned yoga related techniques and how to incorporate those into dancing.

Classes covered ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz and national dance with a bit of musical theatre and involved learning a new combination every day.

Emily has been dancing since she was three years old at the Beverley Prange Dance Centre.

"I love that you can learn new things every day and your body can move in ways you don't know," she said.

The Cathedral College year nine student practices most days after school, and even more leading up to eisteddfods and performances.

At just 13 years old, she dreams of one day hitting it big time on the stage.

"I hope to travel around the world and just dance everywhere,' she said.

Keeley Tzoutzias, 16, had the chance to take part in a summer intensive workshop with Brent Street Summer Camp.

It was a week of dance, drama, singing and musical theatre with like-minded peers and some of the industry's finest choreographers and teachers. …

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