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The Annual Days of Dance 2017

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Week 5, Term Four, 2017

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The Somerset dance students filled the Performing Arts Theatre with laughter, sweat and tears as they performed in the annual Days of Dance Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 October. The 300-seat Performing Arts Theatre was sold out over the two days, for all three events.

This year’s performances consisted of several dance varieties including: Jazz, Classical Ballet, Tap, Commercial Jazz, Hip-Hop, Cheer, Contemporary and Lyrical with the concerts being hosted by Daiana Yoon and myself.

At Somerset College, 42 dance classes occur each week with over 300 students enrolled in the dance program. This leads to an approximate 550 dance lessons occurring each week at Somerset, a phenomenal feat.

Thanks must go to all of our fabulous dance faculty for their tireless efforts and immaculate choreography: Ms Melissa Parkinson, Ms Phoebe Young, Ms Corina Burgess, Mrs Jodie Walton, Mrs Christine Flint, Ms Hayley Wallace and Ms Lucy Hourn. Thanks must also go to the parents, staff, students, sound and lighting and the stage crew involved in the production over the weekend and of course Mrs Sue Roberts without whom none of this would be possible.

I would also like to wish all the graduating Year 12 students the best of luck with their futures in whatsoever they wish to pursue.

For next year I will be moving down to Melbourne to partake in a full-time dance course at Patrick Studios Australia under the direction of Todd Patrick. After completing my year at Patrick Studios, I will hopefully secure a professional dance contract on a cruise ship with my end goal to end up on Broadway or to perform in the leading musicals in Australia. I would like to thank all of the dance teachers that have taught me over the past 10 years for believing me and for the knowledge, wisdom and skills that they have passed down to myself. I would like to wish all the best for Somerset Dance, and I will certainly be returning to watch next year’s production.

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