THS team take on dance festival

A team of Tumut High School dancers will be chasing dreams in Albury today after making it to the Riverina Dance Festival.

The dancers auditioned (on You Tube), and were accepted to qualify for the event, and it will be the first time a team exclusively representing Tumut High has done so.

“Tumut High has been in combined teams with Tumbarumba and Gundagai, but this is the first time we have gone solo,” Tumut High teacher and team organiser Graham Smith said.

Of 39 performances submitted, 16 schools were accepted. Tumut High was one of five secondary schools accepted, the rest being primary schools.

The team is gong against the grain and hoping it will bring them success.

“There seems to be a huge preoccupation with contemporary dance, and it is a bit deep and boring, so we have opted for theatre, with Were’s Wally the theme,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s a bit more light-hearted and entertaining.”

Former Tumut High School student Lauren Murrell did all the initial choreography, and this has been taken over by current year 9 student Maddy Hibbert.

Tumut High teachers Grace Guild, Leah Ferguson and Kelly Weir have helped the girls, who are all year 7, 8 and 9 students with the exception of one year 12 student.

The dancers will leave on Friday and perform at about 10.30 am, and again that evening before heading back to Tumut. Mr Smith said there would be over 1000 in the audience.

The team comprises Liana Smithson, Megan Castle, Chloe Thomas, Bella Lucas, Ashleigh Oriel, Alicia Webb, Abbey Taylor, Keely Wickman, Georgie Crain, Tyneil Worley, Tanika Coles, Lulu Saunders, Kasey McGrath, Tammy-Lee Radford, Tanisha Dehnert, Zoe Dowling, Gemma Delaney and Reba Markey, pictured above.