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    READY TO PERFORM: Ararat Dance Centre under- 13 neo students have prepared a new routine to showcase at the 10th annual concert.

Ararat dance showcase celebrates 10 years

Excitement is building at Ararat Dance Centre as students and teachers prepare for the school’s 10th annual concert, which includes a gala performance celebrating a decade of dancing. 

Dancers will perform three shows in Ararat Town Hall, on Friday at 6.15pm, Saturday at 2pm and concluding with the special gala performance on Sunday, also at 2pm.

Centre director Karly Harris said a decision to remain positive in light of changing COVID-19 restrictions had paid off.

“Even though when we returned to the studio in October with the lifting of COVID restrictions there was no guarantee for events in performing arts, we decided to remain positive and work towards an end of year performance,” she said.

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“We have been extremely busy ever since preparing for our 10th concert and the students worked diligently to learn their routines in anticipation of performing to an audience.  

“Everyone was very relieved and extremely pleased when we could confirm that we would be able to return to Ararat Town Hall to present our work in front of friends and families.  

“This really inspired and energised the kids further and they lifted to a new level with increased excitement.”

Ms Harris said Ararat Dance Centre was proud to offer a broad curriculum across many dance genres and the students, from the youngest kinder dance students through to adults, would present a variety of ‘amazing’ routines in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, neo, lyrical and musical theatre.  

“The concert is what everyone loves the most and it is important for us all to get back on stage and have fun after the disruptions of the past two years due to COVID,” she said.

Ms Harris said celebrating a 10-year anniversary added to the excitement of returning to the studio. “This celebration is not only a celebration of Ararat Dance Centre’s 10th year, but is also very special for the 20 students who have been with centre since its inception in 2012,” she said.

“I believe having this many students remain with Ararat Dance Centre throughout shows not only a love of dance but also that the bonds and friendships formed and the fun we have is important. I congratulate these students in particular and thank them for putting their trust in me from the beginning.”

The gala performance will involve current students performing some ‘much-loved’ routines from the first 10 years of Ararat Dance Centre.  

“We hope the gala will be an afternoon of memories and fun for everyone,” Ms Harris said.

People can message Ms Harris via the Ararat Dance Centre Facebook page for tickets or more information.  

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