GOT THE MOVES: Ben Veitch teaches a Year 10 dance class some moves from his company Zealous.
GOT THE MOVES: Ben Veitch teaches a Year 10 dance class some moves from his company Zealous. Rhianna Blacker

Dance guru grooves students

SO YOU Think You Can Dance? Aldridge State High School students do and they have had a chance to learn from one of the best, ex reality TV contestant Ben Veitch.

Dance student Seiarn Rankine was more than happy to be at class on time yesterday with Mr Veitch as her teacher.

“It’s certainly a great experience,” she said.

“We are learning a lot of tips and tricks which will help us along the way.”

Young dancers taking part in the two-day workshop will be learning contemporary and hip-hop themed dances as well as some repertoire from Mr Veitch’s dance company, Zealous.

Mr Veitch is best known as a 2009 Top Four finalist in the Australian TV show So You Think You Can Dance?

He is based on the Gold Coast running his own company Zealous Choreography which has recently performed its first work, Blood Sweat and Dance.

Aldridge High School is one of only three on the Fraser Coast that teach dance as a subject and is the only school receiving a visit from Mr Veitch.

Seiarn said she had moved schools to be a part of the dance program.

“It’s a great subject and something I’m passionate about,” she said.

“I’m thrilled to be learning some new moves from Ben.”

Dance teacher Amy Ferrington said it was a huge opportunity for students looking to pursue dance as a career.

“It is an amazing opportunity for students to learn from an industry professional,” she said.

“Students who are considering a career in dance will be able to discuss this with someone who has experienced the industry first hand.”

Ms Ferrington has worked with Mr Veitch before through the Brisbane Danc’ed in the Spotlight Festival.

Ms Ferrington organised the festival for more than 1000 Brisbane high school students to highlight what was happening in dance classrooms.

Mr Veitch is a huge supporter of dance in Queensland high schools and is currently choreographing for Creative Generation – State Schools on Stage.



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