Goonellabah Public School dancers (rear) Meg Harding and Phoebe Rowlandson and (front) Indigo Grame and Jennifer D'Arantes, all 11, practising their performance of Riverboat.
Goonellabah Public School dancers (rear) Meg Harding and Phoebe Rowlandson and (front) Indigo Grame and Jennifer D'Arantes, all 11, practising their performance of Riverboat. Cathy Adams

Student dancers’ perfect rhythm

HUNDREDS of dancing and prancing students will sashay into Lismore next week for the 25th anniversary of the Far North Coast Dance Festival.

Goonellabah Public School students have been perfecting their moves in a Chinese-inspired dance called Riverboat, which they will perform at the annual dance festival.

The event will be held at the Lismore Workers Club next Monday and Tuesday and will attract 1400 students from kindergarten to Year 12 from 30 schools across the Far North Coast.

Goonellabah Public School music teacher Leone Cox has been organising her school’s dance routine for more years than she can remember.

“It is a great thing for the kids because this might the only dance experience they ever have,” she said.

“We try to give them all as much opportunity as possible. The kids are able to perform in a professional setting.

“I have seen all the performances in the rehearsals and I am amazed at some of the stunning performances the primary and high schools have prepared. I am very impressed.

“This year’s performance (of Goonellabah Public School students) is unusual so it has been a challenge for the kids to do a more classical dance.”

The team of 28 students from the local primary school have been taught parts of their routine once a week by 19-year-old dancer Liana Killingbeck.

Eleven-year-old Phoebe Rowlandson is delighted she can do the dance routine as her chosen sport on a Wednesday afternoon.

“I did it for a change and it is something different from just sport,” she said.

“It only happens once a year and this is my last year at primary school.”

The event is run over two sessions, with each program being completely different, comprising of ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance performances.

Tickets are available from the Lismore Workers Club on 6621 7401


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