Students step up
A GROUP of ballet students from Wangara's West Australian School of Dance have taken out top honours at the Sydney Eisteddfod.
A WANGARA dance school has taken out top honours at a prestigious Sydney performing arts festival.
A team of eight ballet dancers, aged from 13 to 17, from the West Australian School of Dance won the openage classical ensemble category at the Sydney Eisteddfod in June.
The competition attracts about 35,000 entrants across its five-month program, covering a range of performing arts fields.
Director Nathan Coppen said the students had competed successfully in various Perth events and sought the opportunity for them to test themselves against some of the most prestigious schools in Sydney and Queensland.
“It was a pretty big deal to beat those kinds of schools,” he said.
“No one from Perth, to my knowledge, has ever won it.”
He said the all-girl group was quite small, as teams could feature up to 30 students, and they were ecstatic to learn they had won.
“I think they were pretty shocked,” he said.
“To stand out that much was amazing as well.
“For them, it was really eyeopening to see all these talented schools and how good the other students are.
“It gave them a sense that they are doing really well.”
Mr Coppen said the win had not sunk in until he arrived home, but he was very impressed by their efforts.
“I’m really proud of them, I was overwhelmed,” he said.
“They’re very talented girls individually.”
All of the students study ballet fulltime, about 28 hours per week, and are educated through the School of Isolated and Distance Education.
Karolina Hebda, Kelsey Ford, Charlotte Fenn, Taylah Small, Trinity Parsons, Tianna Kowalski and Allure Kowalski are headed to Sydney for a prestigious festival.