Nowra dancers make a big noise

Danceworks with Amy Evison members (from left) George Bone, Olivia Beahan, Denva Dwyer and Victoria Beahan are aiming for the stars.

Danceworks with Amy Evison members (from left) George Bone, Olivia Beahan, Denva Dwyer and Victoria Beahan are aiming for the stars.

THERE were pirouettes, jumps, spins, poised holds and the endless noise of tap shoes.

A visit to local dance school, Danceworks with Amy Evison has everything and is certainly an eye-opener for a “dance novice” such as myself.

Four members of local school have tasted success on the big stage, with one now heading to the national championships.

After a great performance at the state titles, 14-year-old Victoria Beahan has qualified for the Australian Teachers of Dancing Australasian Scholarships, for tap.

In just over a month, she will be one of just 20 girls nation-wide in her division, to battle it out for the Australasian titles in Sydney.

“I went really well at state, which is an examination style event,” she said.

“You have to receive a mark of, or higher, than highly commended to progress and I received an honours plus mark, which was fantastic.”

As well as dancing tap, she also studies ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and hip hop and is also a student teacher.

A lot of blood, sweat and tears and numerous hours of practise have gone into her success and there is sure to be more as she prepares for the Australasian titles.

Three fellow club members have also scored impressive results.

Denva Dwyer, 9,  won the Australian Teachers of Dancing Mini Jazz Scholarship, claiming the NSW championship.

The youngster, who also dances ballet, tap, hip hop and troupes, was delighted with her win.

“I was very happy and surprised,” she said.

Victoria’s younger sister Olivia, 9, placed second at the state titles for tap,  but is too young to progress to the higher level, where competitors must be 11-years or over, while George Bone, 11, staged her first solo performance in jazz at the state titles and although not placing, said it was a learning experience.

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