Camp fun picks up the beat

Kids love singing, danc­ing

Central Telegraph - - NEWS | THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cap­news.com.au

BILOELA’S creative young chil­dren had a chance to do all things dance and singing these school hol­i­days.

Drama, mu­si­cal theatre, singing and mu­sic teacher Rhona Bec­haz held a Sing and Dance Camp over the spring school hol­i­day.

The camp was part of her new busi­ness, Ms Rain­bow’s Pe­form­ing Arts Stu­dio, which will open its own stu­dio next year.

The Sing and Dance True Colours was held at the Biloela Scout Hall, over three morn­ings.

“Sing and Dance camp is a fun, up­beat hol­i­day camp for pri­mary school-aged per­form­ers who love to sing and dance to their favourite tunes,” Ms Bec­haz said.

“We used scarves, rib­bons, tap shoes, and props to cre­ate ex­cit­ing per­for­mances over three days.

Stu­dents were in­tro­duced to vo­cal health, singing tech­nique, and taught how to project their voice, as well as cre­at­ing their our own back­drops, cos­tumes, and props.

“It was jam-packed full of craft, singing, and danc­ing,” Ms Bec­haz said.

Lit­tle Brushes Face Paint­ing worked their magic on our per­form­ers be­fore the show on the last day and the lit­tle ones per­formed for de­lighted fam­ily and friends.

“It was smiles all round,” Ms Bec­haz said.

“These camps are a bit of an in­ten­sive ‘taste-test’ for our weekly mu­si­cal theatre classes in 2019, and keep kids busy and ac­tive over the hol­i­days.”

The camp was the sec­ond camp for the re­gion.

The first one was held in July.

“It was so much fun I had to do it again,” Ms Bec­haz said.

“We had great feed­back from stu­dents and their fam­i­lies who can’t wait for our next one and to be­gin classes next year.”

Ms Bec­haz has been teach­ing in schools for 10 years and said she loved work­ing with en­thu­si­as­tic, ta­lented chil­dren, and help­ing them find their con­fi­dence and en­joy­ment in per­form­ing to an au­di­ence.

“Ev­ery stu­dent who has come to our camps has grown in con­fi­dence and tech­nique – it is fan­tas­tic to see them chal­leng­ing them­selves and hav­ing so much fun,” she said.

The fi­nal camp for the year will be the Cin­derella the Pan­tomime Sing and Dance Camp, to be held from De­cem­ber 17-21. It is open to all pri­mary school-aged stu­dents.

“We are com­bin­ing a tra­di­tional pan­tomime fairy­tale with mod­ern mu­si­cal num­bers – it is bound to get toes tap­ping,” Ms Bec­haz said.

Next year the new Per­form­ing Arts Stu­dio in Biloela will open with af­ter­noon classes and more hol­i­day pro­grams.

“We have so many ex­cit­ing events and classes planned. Any­one in­ter­ested should find us on Face­book to keep in the loop,” Ms Bechz said.

■ See pages 41-42 for pho­tos from the dance camp.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

TEAM PUR­PLE: Lexi, Eva, Imo­gen, Tyler, Rose, and Layla show off their True Colours in their Sing and Dance Camp shirts.

Isla and Ms Rain­bow have way too much fun with the rain­bow shak­ers

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