Dancers head to Sydney to compete for scholarships

ARRAN MORTONSound Telegraph

It will be best foot forward for a group of Rockingham dancers as they jet off to Sydney to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships.

Premier Performance Academy students Alyssa Giles, 11, Aimee Harrison, 12, Grace Wiltshire, 15, and Megan Tonkin, 16, will battle it out with jazz dancers from across the country for an Australian Teachers of Dancing scholarship award.

Academy principal Rhiannon Longstaff said the girls had worked incredibly hard to each achieve the top four places in the State ATOD exams last month.

Mrs Longstaff said performers were required to take part in a class with examiners and deliver a specially choreographed jazz routine.

She said it was no small feat to make it through to the Sydney stage, and she was proud of each student.

“There are only 10 students from WA, so we are the minority, but it will be great for the girls to see where all the others kids are at,” Mrs Longstaff said.

“Some of the girls have never been to Sydney before, so they are very excited.”

Safety Bay Senior High School student Megan, who became the first student from Premier to attend the ATOD scholarships in 2012, said her life revolved around dancing.

Also at the academy, eight-year-old Dakota Pages became the star of Rockingham Festival last month when she took home several accolades, including highest point gap between first and second places.

The performers will head to Sydney during the second week of the school holidays.

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