DANC­ING UP A S TORY

Townsville Bulletin - - INSPIRE -

WEIR

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.

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