Matthew Flinders Anglican College students took to the stage over the weekend, taking part in the ‘Get the Beat’ competition.
Representing 'Flinders Dance', the event marked the first occasion that the students were able to compete together, entering two dances: a lyrical and a jazz performance.
Both groups performed beautifully, with the jazz ensemble placing fourth in their category, qualifying for the National finals to be held in September.
Flinders Dance co-ordinator, Miss Amy Cahill, said the students’ performances were a testament to their hard work over the past two years.
"Our dancers have been rehearsing together since 2020 but have not been able to perform since the pandemic began, so it was wonderful for them to finally have the opportunity to do so," Amy said.
"It has all been worth it to see the joy on their faces and pride in their achievements."
Gaining a Love of Dance for Life
The group is open to Flinders students across Years 7-12, offering students of all ability levels the opportunity to learn and improve their dance skills.
Students rehearse weekly at the College, engaging in a range of dance styles from lyrical to jazz and contemporary.
Flinders Dance was founded in 2020 with one team and grew to two teams in 2021, and now includes over 20 students in the program.
The group now sets their sights on the Nationals competition, with the jazz ensemble preparing for the upcoming finals.
Flinders Dance Primary
Amy, who is also a Year 5 teacher at Flinders, has worked closely with the Creative Arts department to assist in the choreography of College plays, productions and musicals.
With a passion for dance, Amy is bringing her talents to the Primary School through the Find My Spark co-curricular program.
"Prior to being a teacher, I was a dancer, and I’m passionate about sharing my love of dancing with students as part of Find My Spark," Amy said.
"Find My Spark allows students to explore their interests and it is great to see how many students have embraced Flinders Dance Primary in their co-curricular commitments," she said.
"The program caters to students from Years 4-6 with a focus on performance and choreography. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of students, parents and mentors who are so encouraging and supportive of what we do.
"Students are developing their skills through Flinders Dance Primary whilst using their creativity to enhance their repertoire, gaining a love of dance for life."