THE dancing dream came within reach for Kooralbyn International School (TKIS) students as they were performing in Brisbane’s Secondary School Jazz competition.
TKIS’ Dance Mastery group were among almost 40 Queensland high schools who competed at this year’s Brisbane Eisteddfod on Thursday night, May 25.
Year 7 to 10 school students performed a jazz routine at Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre in St Laurence's College.
TKIS students were one of the youngest groups in the competition as well as the smallest school who entered the contest.
Dance Mastery coordinator Shayde Cavenagh said she was proud of her students’ performance and results.
“This was the first time TKIS has competed,” she said.
“Although our young dancers only finished in the middle of the field of 37 schools, they scored higher than many larger schools, who have been competing in this prestigious event for years.”
Ms Cavenagh said the students were a highly motivated group who were eager to enter in this year’s contest.
“The proposal to enter came from the students of the school's Dance Mastery group themselves,” she said.
“It was a good for them to experience the pressures of the performance and competition and to have the opportunity to measure our skills, techniques and abilities against those of the largest and most experienced in the state.”
Ms Cavenagh said this was the first time TKIS students have been apart of a dance competition as the Dance Mastery was introduced this year.
“The Kooralbyn International School is famous for its mastery programs in sports like golf, equestrian, athletics and tennis,” she said.
The school has been expanding the scope of its Mastery Programs to include arts and technology fields like media, music, drama, digital design and now dance.”