STEPPING OUT: Alanna Harris, Keanah Scholes and Tristan Roberts were selected to be part of the Aboriginal Public Schools Dance Company. Photo: Georja Ryan
STEPPING OUT: Alanna Harris, Keanah Scholes and Tristan Roberts were selected to be part of the Aboriginal Public Schools Dance Company. Photo: Georja Ryan

Young performers dance their way to Sydney

THREE Clarence Valley dancers have been selected from 750 students to perform with the New South Wales Aboriginal Public Schools Dance Company.

Alanna Harris from Grafton High School and Keanah Scholes and Tristan Roberts from South Grafton High, are part of a group of 28 students selected across the state to be mentored by former Bangarra dancers and will perform on stage at the Schools Spectacular in November.

Alanna said she also did it last year and was excited to have made it again.

"It feels so good to be on stage, performing for people, and making them happy," she said.

"The audience gets really connected with it and last year people were crying - and that's what the Bangarra dancers do to people - so it's really nice to know we can have that affect on them as well."

Alanna said it was the depth of their performances that moved people most.

"Our dances are about our dreamtime stories and so they all tell a story," she said.

"It's really good to be able to connect with our culture in that way."

Tristan and Keanah both participated in the Schools Spectacular last year, but not with the group on stage, and said they were excited to be part of the lucky few to take the main stage.

The dancers will travel to Sydney for rehearsals in the lead-up to the Schools Spectacular.


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