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The fa­mil­iar and po­tent smell of hair­spray hit me like a high five as I en­tered Cross­well Hall at Cairns State High School for Turn­ing Pointe Dance Stu­dio’s Pur­ple Pizzazz end-of-year Christ­mas con­cert.

As much as I loved each and ev­ery per­for­mance, in­clud­ing one by the school’s first all-boy’s dance crew, it was hard to go past the Rub­ber Duckie dance with tod­dlers as young as three tak­ing to the stage.

One lit­tle bal­le­rina took a while to warm up as she stood with her arms crossed and a cute lit­tle pout. She could not re­sist join­ing in the fun when she saw the re­as­sur­ing smiles from proud fam­ily and friends in the au­di­ence.

Di­rec­tor Me­lanie Con­nors said some of her stu­dents had been with her from 3 to 17 years of age. “I feel like a proud mother, we have been through ups and downs to­gether,” she said. “Dance teaches the stu­dents so many trans­ferrable life skills such as per­sonal pre­sen­ta­tion, mak­ing friend­ships, team­work and most im­por­tantly con­fi­dence, which is so im­por­tant.”

Ex­cited squeals rang out through the hall as Santa showed up with very a large sack full of presents for the dancers, who of course has been very nice.

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