Students in dance spectacular
IT can be tricky enough to keep track of dance steps with just one partner, but students at Bundaberg North State High School have learned a new routine to share the stage with hundreds of others.
The school's top 28 dancers will join about 1500 other young artistes where they will dance en masse at state school spectacular Creative Generation, at the Brisbane Convention Centre tomorrow and Saturday.
“Everyone was so disappointed when the Rock Eisteddfod was cancelled (in February), so we decided to enter Creative Generation instead,” teacher and choreographer Robyn Kent said.
“This is the first time North High has participated in the state school spectacular. It's not quite the same, because only 28 students will be going and usually about 120 go the eisteddfod, but it gives them the chance to perform under the spotlights at least.”
Students from years 10 to 12 will put their best moves to disco hit Young Hearts Run Free and to U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, after learning the steps via DVD.
“It was a bit more complicated because we had to interpret other people's dancing, but it has worked quite well,” Miss Kent said.
Year 11 student Jemma Heap said the group had had to practise for weeks to get the steps right.
“They weren't too tricky. It was just quite fast, so it was hard to get your head around,” she said.
But to make matters even more complicated, the performers will be dancing with hundreds of complete strangers.
“The biggest dance has about 600 people all on stage at once, but the dances the Bundaberg North students are doing have about 200,” Miss Kent said.
“The performance is all recorded and will be televised later this year, so it will be wonderful to catch a glimpse of our students on stage.”
Year 11 student Emily O'Keeffe said the trip would be a great opportunity to make friends with students from all over Queensland, as well as showcasing their dancing skills.
“It's not a competition, so it will be really friendly,” she said.