Dance star an inspiration for students
Karratha Senior High School students were put through their paces by a young indigenous dance star last week.
WA Academy of Performing Arts and National Institute of Circus Arts graduate Michael Smith, 24, visited the school as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.
He spent a busy week teaching dance and drama and speaking to students about his career so far, before finishing with an acrobatic performance at an assembly on Friday morning.
Smith has toured nationally and internationally performing traditional and modern dance, is trained in circus arts and acted in Australian film Bran Nue Dae alongside Geoffrey Rush and Jessica Mauboy.
Smith, who came to Karratha after working in Arnhem Land, said he always enjoyed coming to regional WA and was a strong believer in the power of arts to engage and inspire students.
Karratha Senior High School education support teacher Megan Simpson, who organised Smith’s visit, said it had been greeted with a lot of expectation by staff and students, especially those in the Goals for Girls and Clontarf Academy programs.
“Everyone’s been really excited,” she said.
“The kids are just absolutely loving it. I just really feel that he’s got so much to offer our students.”
Smith’s visit was made possible by a City of Karratha cultural grant.
Professional dancer Michael Smith, in white, put Karratha Senior High School students through their paces for NAIDOC Week.