Emily’s act knocks out judges stone cold

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - ALI­CIA PER­ERA ali­cia.per­era@news.com.au

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl from Dar­win has taken out the vo­cal cat­e­gory of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for mu­sic and dance.

Wan­guri young­ster Emily Penny won first place for vo­cals in her age group at the

Evo­lu­tion Dance Com­pe­ti­tion – which also in­cor­po­rates singing – last month per­form­ing Demi Lo­vato’s Stone Cold.

Emily’s mum Gaynor Penny said her daugh­ter was pas­sion­ate about singing and song­writ­ing and had per­formed at sev­eral ma­jor events in the Dar­win com­mu­nity over the past few years. “I think it’s just been her out­let,” she said.

“We moved here five years ago from Eng­land and it’s been a big step for her... she left home and ev­ery­thing be­hind and com­ing here hasn’t al­ways been easy for her.

“I think she just found mu­sic is a good way for her to ex­press her­self.”

Emily said her con­fi­dence had im­proved a lot since her first time at the com­pe­ti­tion sev­eral years ago. She also com­peted in mu­si­cal theatre and con­tem­po­rary dance at the event, hav­ing trained with Dar­win’s Royal Ex­is­tence Dance Academy.

Pic­ture: GLENN CAMP­BELL

Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Emily Penny has found mu­sic to be a good way of ex­press­ing her­self

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