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THE chance to fol­low her dreams and pas­sion in life was achieved by Rhona Bec­haz when she opened Ms Rain­bow’s Per­form­ing Arts Stu­dio.

Since she was five years old Rhona has loved to per­form and did a tap dance to Liv­ing Doll.

Her love for per­form­ing took her into mu­si­cal the­atre with roles in Pip­pin and Aladdin’ in 2001 and 2002 and gave Rhona a chance per­form and en­ter­tain.

Now she is keen to pass her years of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to an­other gen­er­a­tion of per­form­ers.

“The stu­dio will have drama, singing, mu­si­cal the­atre for all age groups from ba­bies to adults,” Rhona said.

“I started teach­ing drama while I was in univer­sity study­ing the­atre and my pas­sion grew from there.”

Rhona took over a per­form­ing arts stu­dio when she was 19 and ex­panded into mu­si­cal the­atre and singing.

She then went into teach­ing in schools and made her way to Biloela and to her dream job.

There was a bit comic re­lief to how Rhona earned her nick­name by her stu­dents.

“I wear a lot of bright colours and dec­o­rated with rain­bow colours and my stu­dents started to call me ‘Ms Rain­bow’.”

Hav­ing a good sense of hu­mour, Rhona adopted the name and ap­plied it to her per­form­ing arts stu­dio.

The joy of pass­ing on her love of the per­form­ing arts to stu­dents and help­ing them achieve goals gives Rhona a great sense of sat­is­fac­tion.

“I love watch­ing my stu­dents over­come their ner­vous­ness of pub­lic speak­ing or singing,” Rhona said.

“The pride they feel when they achieve a hard earned goal just makes my heart sing.”

The stu­dio will of­fi­cially open in Fe­bru­ary but even now there is a hol­i­day work­shop to help get ev­ery­thing vogue for it.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing Ms Rain­bow’s Per­form­ing Arts Stu­dio ac­tiv­i­ties can go to Face­book to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est.

PHOTO: GLEN POR­TE­OUS

STRIKE A POSE: Ms Rain­bow's Per­form­ing Arts Stu­dio has just opened its doors in Kari­boe St.

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