Home-grown dancers hit top tier at national event

The Latrobe Valley is fast becoming home to some of the country’s best performers, with another two local dancers recently hitting the national stage.

Julie Ryan Dance School students Rebekah Symons – in tap – and Sarah O’Brien – in classical – represented Victoria in Queensland at the weekend in the Australian Teachers of Dancing Australasian Scholarships.

The competition attracted the top dancers from each state.

At the same time, 74 of the school’s performance team dancers took to the stage in the Albury/Wodonga Eisteddfod – to continue this weekend.

Lara Mellon also qualified for the national event alongside Rebekah and Sarah, but was unable to attend due to her commitment to the eisteddfod.

JRDS principal Melanie Currie said she could not be more proud of her students’ achievements.

“They have all been working so hard and there’s just been a real excitement all round,” Ms Currie said.

“The dancers are all pumped and geared up for a fantastic competition.”

Prior to their departure, Rebekah and Sarah told The Express they were “really excited” to compete in the Queensland event.

Ms Currie said it was a fantastic opportunity for the dancers to “experience something different”.

“To go somewhere different and do something different while meeting new people and making friends, it’s a lot of fun for everyone involved,” she said.

The students will soon prepare for the upcoming Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod and their dance examinations.