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Emerald dancers are a cut above

Cordelia Vine and three other Emerald Academy of Dance students successfully auditioned for Dance Around the World.
Cordelia Vine and three other Emerald Academy of Dance students successfully auditioned for Dance Around the World.

EMERALD Academy of Dance is fast cementing its reputation of producing quality and talented dancers.

Four of its students - Kate Macdonald, Cordelia Vine, Keelin McLaren and Hannah Doolan - successfully auditioned for the Young Dancers Company of Central Queensland's production of Dance Around the World to take the stage later this month.

Those girls aren't the only Emerald Academy of Dance students to be gracing stages around Queensland with graduates Casey Davis and Megan McPhee also achieving success.

Dance teacher Alexandra Davis said she was proud of the girls' achievements and described them all as "very committed".

"The academy is a place to achieve," Alexandra said.

"We like to train them so that if they want to go into a career (of dance) they will be able to.

"We foster a love of dance."

The girls had to audition to be a part of the production and Alexandra said the auditions displayed their talent as dancers and their level of commitment, as well as their high level of dance training.

The Young Dancers Company of Central Queensland auditioned dance students from Rockhampton, Gladstone and other parts of Central Queensland to be in the Dance Around the World production.

"Dancers have to audition to get into the company and travel to Rockhampton and Gladstone to rehearse with other dancers. It's a big level of commitment on their part," Alexandra said.

"(They were able to) network with other students, teachers and choreographers in the area."

Another Emerald Academy of Dance student Casey Davis is further proof of the high standard being taught at the academy.

Casey is in her third and final year at the Central Queensland University Mackay campus, completing a Bachelor of Theatre majoring in musical theatre.

Best summed as a "triple treat", Casey acts, sings and dances which was recognised by production director Dale Pengelly when Casey was cast as dance captain and a principal ensemble member in the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music's production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

"She was running dance rehearsals, choreography and making sure the dancers are up to scratch and look good," Alexandra said.

University of Queensland physiotherapy student Megan McPhee is practising hard ahead of her performance as Mona in the Blue Fish Theatrical production of Chicago later this month.

Alexandra described Megan as a well rounded dancer.

Alexandra praised the work ethic of all the dancers and attributed it to their recent success on stage.

"They work hard and it's good they have something to show for it," she said.

"It's a compliment as a teacher to see my students doing well."


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