Stage is set for Vikki’s dancers

Emily Ma­jor and Abbey Gib­son pre­pare for their last con­cert with An­ton Lee The­atri­cal Dance Com­pany on Sun­day.

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By KIM­BER­LEY PRICE

FOR the past 24 years, Vikki Thomas has been the ma­tri­arch be­hind An­ton Lee The­atri­cal Dance Com­pany.

Once again, she is the cu­ra­tor be­hind this Satur­day’s daz­zling end of year con­cert.

With all of her 25 stu­dents aged 4-18 tak­ing to the CVC stage at 2pm and 7pm on Sun­day, Vikki will be en­joy­ing the per­for­mance as much as the au­di­ence as she watches yet another year of long hard work for her stu­dents, and her­self, pay off.

‘‘We’ve been work­ing on this con­cert for the past 15 weeks,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a mix­ture of all the styles we teach; clas­si­cal bal­let, jazz and tap.

‘‘There’s a range of mu­sic used which spans al­most 100 years.

‘‘There’s mu­si­cal theatre, 70s hits, disco and cur­rent chart top­pers so ev­ery­one will be pleased.’’

While An­ton Lee Dance fol­lows the exam syl­labus, the stu­dents do not par­take in gru­elling ex­ams through­out the year. In­stead, the young dancers per­form in dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions and work in­cred­i­bly hard on their fi­nal show­case.

‘‘We have a per­for­mance team of five dancers who have been zip­ping around the state

‘ There’s a range of mu­sic used which spans al­most years.’ 100 — Vikki Thomas

and have been very suc­cess­ful this year,’’ Vikki said.

‘‘One of the pieces the team will be per­form­ing is called The River Flows In You, which is a trib­ute to a lo­cal lady who was a pre­vi­ous stu­dent of ours who had a still­born baby.

‘‘This mov­ing piece has been per­formed by the team be­fore, but this week­end it will be the last time it is danced.’’

With all the stu­dents gear­ing up for the con­cert with numer­ous full make-up and hair re­hearsals and prac­tices sched­uled at any avail­able time, the An­ton Lee Dance fi­nal per­for­mance is set to be spec­tac­u­lar.

Tick­ets will be avail­able on the door 45 min­utes be­fore the show is set to be­gin.

The An­ton Lee The­atri­cal Dance Com­pany’s con­cert will be held on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 at 2pm fol­lowed by a night per­for­mance at 7pm. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door: adults $30, con­ces­sion $20 and chil­dren $10.

Photo: Sa­man­tha Shel­don-Collins

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