City students grace big stage to showcase dance talents

Mount Gambier High School students have taken to the stage to celebrate with dance.

Students from years 9 to 12 graced the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre stage to entertain their friends, families and the local community in the Mount Gambier High School Dance Showcase.

A variety of dance genres were on display across the two hour performance with the Year 9/10 advanced dance class performing a Mamma Mia inspired dance routine.

The Year 11 students performed an array of self-choreographed dances and the Year 12s used their “Coming into Adult” inspored show to submit their performance portfolios worth 40% of their final grades for the Year 12 Dance course.  

Year 10 student Charlotte Hann was given the opportunity to event manage the showcase with funding and support provided through Mount Gambier High School’s Entrepreneurial Specialist School.

“I have enjoyed being able to be a part of creating such a great showcase with the other dancers and teachers,” Miss Hann said.

“Another thing I have enjoyed is learning about the hard work and organisation that goes into event management and learning about what it’s like working behind the scenes rather than just performing.

“It makes me really grateful to see how much effort and time my dance teachers put in every year to make things like this happen.

“This event was heavily student driven with a majority of pieces being choreographed by students and lighting suggestions, editing of music and more were all done by students.”

Mount Gambier High School dance teacher Trish Jenkins was full of praise for the event.

“The show was a large success and students were able to perform for over 150 people with profits made from the show going towards a dance camp later this year,” she said.

“The amount of talent we have here at Mount Gambier High School is fantastic with ‘phenomenal’, ‘outstanding’ and ‘amazing’ some of the key words used to describe the show from audience members.”

Principal Peter McLaren said the performance was a credit to those who took part.

“Every performer on the stage thoroughly entertained me for two solid hours of high-level artistry that I will long remember,” he said.

“I was captivated by the seamless connection between body movement, music and subtle lighting and am proud and humbled to be a principal of this production team and it’s highly talented performers.”

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