Big growth for dance school

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOFTUS

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Bur­nett State Col­lege se­nior dance class per­forms at the Laura's School of Dance con­cert.

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