Daddy Dance added to con­cert

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

Proud par­ents of danc­ing chil­dren were given the chance to be in­volved in the Jen’s DanceFit end of year con­cert.

Dance in­struc­tor Jenna Pur­till said new ‘Daddy Dance’ items was added to the an­nual con­cert sched­ule this year to in­crease au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

‘‘We had 15 dads par­tic­i­pate — some who vol­un­teered and some who were dobbed in against their will — to dance with their daugh­ters,’’ Miss Pur­till said.

‘‘Some had two or three of their chil­dren with them.

‘‘Dads and their daugh­ters at­tended prac­tices once or twice a week for a month be­fore the con­cert.

‘‘The Daddy Dance was to a med­ley of four songs, a mix of sweet and funky, and had the au­di­ence in laughter and tears.’’

More than 350 peo­ple at­tended the con­cert to watch more than 70 dancers show­case what they had learned through­out the year.

The dancers are spread over four age group classes — three to five year-olds, Kinder­garten to year 1, Year 2 and 3 and Year 4 and up.

‘‘This is the third year for Jen's DanceFit, and all classes did two dances each,’’ Miss Pur­till said,.

‘‘There was also a whole group ‘Thriller’ dance, and eight se­lected dancers from the older group joined me for the open­ing dance which they helped chore­o­graph.’’

The end of year con­cert is also a pre­sen­ta­tion day for the classes, with awards given to the most im­proved dancers.

Emily Plant and Is­abella and Char­lotte Haig per­formed as part of the three to five year-olds group.

Mathew Crothers par­tic­i­pated in the Daddy Dance with his daugh­ters (from left) Phoebe, Monique and Gabriella Crothers.

Jenna Pur­till (cen­tre) with Ris­ing Star award and schol­ar­ship win­ner Eloise Me­nadue (left) and her lit­tle sis­ter Claire.

Jenna Pur­till and Year 2 and 3 Dancer of the Year win­ner Abbey Don­con.

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