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.