Stu­dents step up

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page -

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.

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey

Karolina Hebda, Kelsey Ford, Char­lotte Fenn, Tay­lah Small, Trin­ity Par­sons, Tianna Kowal­ski and Al­lure Kowal­ski are headed to Syd­ney for a pres­ti­gious fes­ti­val.­mu­ni­ d471433

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