DANCING UP A S TORY
State School has taken home a swag of awards at the Wakakirri National Dance Story competition this year.
The school has been competing in the competition for the past three years and last year it was a national finalist.
This year Weir State School won six performance awards and a state award, taking out the Best Motivational Story Award.
Established in 1992, Wakakirri is Australia’s largest story- dance festival, involving over 20,000 students across every state and territory each year. Hundreds of schools across Australia create story- dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.
These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official Wakakirri panel who are searching for the Story of the Year. Over one million people watch the Wakakirri performances each year.
Early in term one, 143 students at Weir State School auditioned for the school’s dance team and 20 auditioned to be a crew member.
The students selected would go on to compete in the annual Wakakirri dance story competition in Mackay.
Competition for a place in the Wakakirri team was fierce with only 50 spots available. For three months the team rehearsed four hours a week. Staff also painted props and made many costumes for the performance.
It’s an expensive exercise to get all of the students, props and costumes from Townsville to Mackay and lots of fundraising is necessary.
This year an original dance story, called Aspire, was created to encourage students to dream big and realise their potential. The story follows a classroom teacher who is helping her bored and uninterested class believe in themselves and look forward to an amazing future. With the use of a magic mirror revealing their future selves, four students witness the inspiring occupations they will have as adults. Those students then go back to class full of excitement and hope for what lies ahead. With lots of excitement, the magic of a time machine and a tricky costume change, the students went from a dark grey outlook to a gold, bright one.
Weir students said they found the Wakakirri experience to be something they will never forget. Proud of their successful performance, students said they loved being on stage. The back stage crew were also congratulated for the high standard of the performance, effectively moving props to set the scene and tell the story.