Big growth for dance school
DANCE: ABOUT 600 people turned up during two weekends to see the region’s dance students perform at an end-of-year showcase.
This is only the second year Laura’s School of Dance has been in operation, but, with about 150 students across Mundubbera and Gayndah, there was enough demand for a show in each town.
Founder Laura Kronk never expected to teach that many students.
“I only started it (in Mundubbera) because my daughter really liked dance,” Kronk said.
“I thought if we could get to 20 kids that would be good but now we’ve got far more than that.
“It’s a little bit daunting, but you don’t need sleep: You can sleep when you’re dead basically.”
Ms Kronk said the school had continued to grow.
“This time last year was our first concert and, since then, the school has doubled,” she said.
“We added Gayndah this year and have now got 70–80 students in each town.
“I didn’t realise there were so many kids into dance.”
Ms Kronk said both of the shows went well.
“Gayndah was sold and we were 95% sold out in Mundubbera,” she said.
“It feels amazing to know you have the support from the local community and all the kids have been fantastic. “They deserve the credit.” She said students had been preparing for the showcase for two months.
“They started practising for the showcase in term four,” she said.
“Before that we were working on skills and getting the choreography down pat.
“They then worked on their stage presence, stage spacing, smiling, eye line all of that.”
She said dance should be regarded as a sport.
“It’s something you have to train for,” she said.
“Though you also have to have an appreciation for the arts and confidence to be on the stage.
“That’s probably been the hardest thing, getting kids to be confident on the stage and realising it’s not as scary when you’re up there with your friends.”
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