Kids are ready to take to the stage
THE sound of little feet tapping and sliding around the stage will fill the entertainment centre tomorrow for the full dress rehearsal of a children’s performance starting Monday.
Children as young as two years and up to 19 will perform in That’s Entertainment, the annual performance of Mackay’s Centre Stage Dance Company.
For just two performances on Monday and Tuesday, the 180 children will be in the limelight. They had been practising their routine since July, studio director Cassie Craig said.
“When it all comes together, the kids get so much excitement,” Mrs Craig said.
The two-part performance starts with a scripted Christmas-themed pantomime following a surprise trip some homeless children make to the North Pole.
The second half of the show takes the audience on a journey through dozens of dance routines from tap and jazz to hip hop, showgirl, ballet and contemporary dance.
Mrs Craig said the looks on the children’s faces when they “get up there” and perform their routine is priceless. Parents also love the community that builds around a performance.
“Parents say that backstage is where they have a lot of the fun – they get to meet other parents,” she said.
Dancers come from all over Mackay – from Sarina to Paget, Northern Beaches and “loads of different schools”, Mrs Craig said.
Mrs Craig and two other teachers write the script and devise the routines each year.
“There’s no solos, it’s all group routines and it’s brand new routines each year,” Mrs Craig said.
The Wood St studio has been running for 15 years in Mackay, and was formerly known as Rhythm Nation Dance Studio.
Enrolments for next year are on Thursday, with details on the company’s Facebook page. Tickets to That’s Entertainment are available at themecc.com.au
DANCERS: That’s Entertainment starts on Monday at the MECC.