Khadesia Cora with her teacher Alexandra Davis from Emerald Academy of Dancing.
Khadesia Cora with her teacher Alexandra Davis from Emerald Academy of Dancing.

Starlet shines on city stage

EMERALD student Khadesia Cora’s passion for dance led her to perform with 39 members of her dance school at the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge last week.

The nine-year-old Emerald Christian College student was in Brisbane from June 9 to 14 to perform jazz, contemporary dance and ballet with the Emerald Academy of Dancing.

The dance competition was open to the public but also provided opportunities for students to develop skills through a variety of dance and musical theatre workshops.

The Kestrel Mine Aboriginal Community Development Fund provided $900 to assist Khadesia swith her costume, accommodation and transport costs for the challenge.

Proud father Luther Cora said Khadesia has been dancing since she was seven but it was part of her life from when she was a baby.

“I performed in an Aboriginal group, Nunuckle Kunjiel, for about 10 years on the Gold Coast, and she would come and watch so I think that motivated her to want to join dance classes,” Mr Cora said.

“She is learning a variety of styles from jazz to contemporary but she has not forgotten her roots and loves watching Aboriginal groups like the Bangarra Dance Company.

“We know the challenge in Brisbane is going to help her develop her skills even further but more importantly, it will give her more confidence to perform in front of other people.

“It’s great for our local Aboriginal community to see a young Aboriginal person doing well in this field, especially as dance and music is such a big part of our culture.”

Kestrel Mine general manager operations John Coughlan said Khadesia was a great role model.

“We are pleased to help Khadesia develop her dancing talent and expand her knowledge of the performing arts, which she has shown a real interest in,” Mr Coughlan said.

“In a rural town like Emerald, it is important to help our youth build their confidence and encourage their passion to ensure we keep developing a strong and robust community.”


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