Young tap dancers from Killarney School of Dance (from left) Holly Naughten, Marysha Bartman and Maddie Welsh.
Young tap dancers from Killarney School of Dance (from left) Holly Naughten, Marysha Bartman and Maddie Welsh. Contributed

Dancing to the beat of new moves

FORGET ballet and contemporary, this weekend is all about the funk as Raw Dance Group pays a visit to the Killarney School of Dance.

There will be popping, locking and a whole lot of dropping as dancers from the Brisbane dance company show local dancers and dance-enthusiasts all the tricks of the trade.

Killarney School of Dance principal Hanneke Taylor said Raw would teach the girls and boys various styles of dance.

"This workshop is about jazz, hip hop, tap, body percussion, open break and acrobatics," Ms Taylor said.

Last term, when Raw visited Warwick, the workshop had about 60 attendees and Ms Taylor said she expected about the same this weekend.

"Our students have all signed up, but it is open to anybody - even if they can't dance and want to have a go."

She said this workshop was a chance for all to delve into styles they perhaps would not usually select or have the opportunity to try.

"We chose the styles we wanted for the workshop, so we tried for the more modern, up to date stuff," Ms Taylor said.

"The reason we get these sorts of things is to show kids what sorts of styles are out there and show them that you can have a career in dance.

"And it's about keeping them up to date with what's going on in the dance industry," she said.

The workshop is on from 9am-6.30pm this Sunday at the Railway Institute Hall in Hamilton St.

Costs vary between $15 and $40 depending on your skill level and which classes you wish to take, she said.

Ms Taylor encouraged all to come along and join in the fun and learn from experienced professionals.

Raw has taken the world by storm and is jet-setting across the world with a number of international tours on the itinerary.

If you'd like to get involved with this great opportunity, just head down to the hall on Sunday morning and don't forget your dancing shoes.



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