Candice and Samantha Earl were excited to meet Jason Coleman.
Candice and Samantha Earl were excited to meet Jason Coleman.

Students learn from Dance judge

TWENTY-two dance students were offered the opportunity of a lifetime recently – training with dance guru Jason Coleman from the Ministry of Dance.

Killarney School of Dance intermediate student Ebony Wickham was excited to learn from her dance idol.

“It was exciting. He taught us lots of different steps we wouldn’t normally do,” Ebony said.

Principal Hanneke Taylor was invited by a dance school in Brisbane to take part in the workshop with the well known So You Think You Can Dance judge – an offer she couldn’t refuse.

“It was a great opportunity for the girls to learn from Jason. He is a key figure in the industry,” Mrs Taylor said.

Mr Coleman has over 20 years experience, which includes choreographing the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

There were 22 dance students aged from nine to 18 years who put their hands up to meet Mr Coleman and take part in a jazz funk and a musical theatre class.

“They have not stopped talking about it. They had an absolutely amazing time,” Mrs Taylor said.

“I think the mums were impressed they got their picture taken and were very excited too.”

The school had double booked their weekend making it a full-on two days of dance.

They had a Gold Coast ballet workshop which included a course at a circus school where the students did everything including the flying trapeze.

Mrs Taylor said the circus workshop provided a great confidence boost for the girls as they tackled many challenges and worked as a team.

“I think it’s just great for kids in rural areas to get this opportunity ... it’s something they will never forget,” Mrs Taylor said. “They certainly did the studio and Warwick proud.”



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