Kids are ready to take to the stage

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - NICKY MOF­FAT

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

Photo: Cen­tre Stage Dance Com­pany

DANCERS: That’s En­ter­tain­ment starts on Mon­day at the MECC.

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