Dance star an in­spi­ra­tion for stu­dents

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Pro­fes­sional dancer Michael Smith, in white, put Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents through their paces for NAIDOC Week.

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