HELP­ING CHIL­DREN TO DANCE THROUGH LIFE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - BRIANNA MOR­RIS-GRANT

AT 19 years of age, Abbe Brad­bury found her­self sud­denly a mother of three. Eleven years on, she’s be­come a sec­ond par­ent to more than 600.

Af­ter mar­ry­ing the love of her life she also be­came a step­mother and when her el­dest daugh­ter was be­ing bul­lied in high school, Ms Brad­bury re­fused to take it.

“When we went to the school at the time they weren’t sup­port­ive of per­form­ing arts ... so I felt like I was re­ally at a loss,” she said. “I was re­ally in­spired to start a high school where stu­dents could reach both their aca­demic and per­form­ing arts po­ten­tial, and grow in an en­vi­ron­ment where they’re be­ing sup­ported, nur­tured and men­tored to be the best they can be.”

Dy­na­mite Stu­dios Academy has now be­come one of a kind, al­low­ing stu­dents to com­plete high school and work to­wards cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and diplo­mas in dance while train­ing.

Many are stu­dents who may not fit into reg­u­lar school­ing, and some dance 40-50 hours a week.

Hav­ing been sup­ported by her own fam­ily through­out a dance ca­reer span­ning sev­eral decades, the now 30year-old said it’s im­por­tant to her to show the same for her stu­dents.

“I do be­lieve we are like a fam­ily, we have some kids who come with us when they’re in nap­pies and they leave at 18 on their first con­tract,” she said.

“For us, we do cre­ate a kind of sec­ond home, we nur­ture these kids and we shape them into the young peo­ple they be­come.

“And we con­tinue that for a life­long re­la­tion­ship, there are stu­dents who travel all over the world and we’re their first stop when they get off the plane.”

Pic­ture: TERTIUS PICKARD

Abbe Brad­bury says a life­long bond is formed with her “ex­tended fam­ily” who come through the at Dy­na­mite Stu­dios Academy in Up­per Coomera.

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