Aldridge State High School teacher Tegan George (right) and talented Year 12 dance team members Dillon Blair, Jackie Whitaker, Sami-Jo Watson and Keron Redman.
Aldridge State High School teacher Tegan George (right) and talented Year 12 dance team members Dillon Blair, Jackie Whitaker, Sami-Jo Watson and Keron Redman. Karleila Thomsen

Student's in step for dance glory

A MARYBOROUGH schoolteacher is set to give up her career in education – for a year at least – after being accepted into one of Australia’s most innovative dance schools.

Tegan George is flying high after getting the green light from Raw Dance Company to study full-time in 2011. But the Aldridge High dance teacher is even more thrilled by the fact that four of her Year 12 students will join her.

Keron Redman, Dillon Blair, Samantha Watson and Jackie Whitaker are eagerly anticipating the adventures and challenges that Raw’s intensive 12-month course will bring.

“I am so proud that four of my students have achieved such great outcomes – it’s a fitting reward for their dedication and determination,” Ms George said.

Raw, based in Brisbane, is one of the nation’s most exciting internationally renowned companies and accepts around 20 promising young dancers each year.

The company started in 1998 and has grown from a group of five tap dancers into a worldwide dance company with dancers and teachers from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The rigorous audition process requires students to initially impress judges with a solo routine.

If they pass the test, they are then called back for a group audition in which they have to demonstrate correct technique and style in various genres including jazz, hip hop, contemporary and tap.

Jackie Whitaker said she had been blown away when she saw Raw’s dancers perform at the Creative Generations State Schools Onstage earlier this year.

“It’s incredible to think that we will be learning from their company,” she said.

All of the students hope to pursue careers as performers or teachers in the dance industry after this intensive training.

But in the meantime they will be focusing on Aldridge High’s dance department’s annual spectacular The Construction of Dance which will be held on October 29 and 30 at the school hall.

The performance encompasses more than 30 different dances in various styles including contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.

Tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per student and are available from the school office or at the door.



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