Dancers hit the stage at last

Students from Dance Star Studio are ready to perform in concert.

By Matthew Pearce

It’s been a year of uncertainty for Rockhampton’s Dance Star Studio but the eager dancers are about to hit the stage again at last.

Principal Natasha Williams said Covid-19 had thrown a spanner in the works of the studio’s 2020 plans, but the end of the year concerts on Sunday, 22 November, would make it all worth it.

“At one stage we didn’t know if it was going to be possible, but we’ve been able to make it work by splitting the concert into two because of Covid restrictions,” she said.

“This is the first time the kids have been able to perform this year and they’re looking forward to dancing on the stage in front of a live audience.”

Because of Covid-19, the studio missed out on attending the Rockhampton Eisteddfod for the first time and students’ exams had to be done via video.

“We even did Zoom classes online for a while when we couldn’t have classes at the studio,” Ms Williams said.

“We’ve been able to keep going, but in different ways, changing as the restrictions did just like everyone else.”

The theme of the concert this year is ‘Around the World’.

“No-one’s been able to travel this year so we thought we’d bring the world to Rockhampton in dance,” Ms Williams said.

“It’s been a bit of fun and a bit of a geography lesson for the kids as well.”

Students of all ages will perform on stage, from two-year-old Tiny Tots to adults, covering genres like Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Song and Dance, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Hip Hop and Acro Dance.

The junior concert will be held at 11am at Pilbeam Theatre and the senior concert will follow at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from Pilbeam Theatre box office or online.