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Lyrical Honours For College Team At Dance Xchange

Performing Arts continues to prosper for the talented dance students at St Patrick’s College Mackay.

The College excelled at the recent Dance Xchange competition for Primary and Secondary schools on the Gold Coast – bringing home a variety of regional awards to qualify for this year’s State Finals to be staged on October 14-15 in Brisbane.

A squad of thirty six St Patrick’s College dancers travelled to Somerset College in Mudgereeaba for the prestigious Exchange event and demonstrated their skill and poise to gain first place in both Junior and Senior Lyrical categories and second place in the Jazz and Hip Hop routines.

To cap an outstanding contribution, the College also received the Most Memorable Routine award.

Team coordinator and highly-respected St Patrick’s College dance teacher Natalie Porter praised the efforts of her students for their meritorious achievements and commitment during the two-day competition.

“All our students were fine ambassadors for the College and received plaudits for their dancing skills and exemplary behaviour” revealed Natalie, who was one of the team’s three renowned choreographers.

Joining Natalie at the Dance X extravaganza were first class choreographers Ashley Fergus and Abigail Vickers with excellent administrative support from the accomplished Molly Rossetto and Mel Camilleri.

“It was a tremendous team effort and I was grateful to have two experienced campaigners in Ashley and Abigail alongside me in helping create some top-notch dance compositions with their unique styles” Natalie said.

St Patrick’s College competed with 15 other schools in each section of the competition.

The triumphant squad featured Holly Bates, Alyssa Battaia, Klancie Coben, Peyton Cook, Ruby Deguara, Lauren Gray, Layla Jamieson, Milly Mayfield, Ruby Meares, Charlotte O’Brien, Ruby Pidgeon, Adysen Ruddick, Gabriella Ruggeri and Kaylah Stephens; Taylah Blaney, Jacee Borg, Chelsey Butler, Alice Camilleri, Sana Campbell, Charli Cross, Jacinta Franettovich, Estella Martin, Sarah Pratt, Sara Reid, Katelyn Sturdy, Lily Taylor, Katelyn Vassallo, Kayli Vormister, Zoe Wardrop and Mackenzie Wotherspoon.

Other team members included Shelby Campbell, Callyn Grady, Rhylee Keating, Ally Kinnane, Zoe McCarthy and Aidyn McSherry.

Due to their commitment to this year’s Mackay Eisteddfod, the St Patrick’s College dancers are unable to take up the invitation to compete at the State Finals to be held at the All Hallows School in Brisbane.

By Chris Karas

St Patrick’s College dancers display their individual awards from the recent Dance X competition on the Gold Coast. They are pictured with renowned choreographers and staff members Ashley Fergus and Team coordinator Natalie Porter, holding the Most Memorable Routine Award trophy.

St Patrick’s College dancers that won the Junior Lyrical category at the Dance X competition on the Gold Coast

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