The vibrant, dynamic, and contemporary moves of the St Thomas More College (STMC), Sunnybank dance team and crew secured a First Place award, two Highly Commended awards, and an Encouragement Award at the recent Quota International Beenleigh Eisteddfod (QIBE).
With all their energy and enthusiasm on display, the dance teams and crew performed Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz routines on the stage of the Logan Entertainment Centre.
The QIBE has been in competition since 1986 and many past participants have gone on to see international and national success in their chosen field of dance, music, or drama.
The prestigious event runs for 26 days and nights in July, August, and September each year, and is seen as a first step for young performers to start their dream career in the arts.
The STMC dance program is an extra-curricular offering organised and run by Mrs Laura Torbey and Mrs Bonnie Howard, who together, support the students to choreograph and perform their dance routines in preparation for events and performances throughout the year.
“The dance program was founded in 2016 with one team and grew to two teams in 2017 and we now have over 35 students as part of the program,” said Mrs Laura Torbey.
“Other than giving the students an opportunity to dance, the program allows students to step away from their books and to unlock their thirst for knowledge in an area that they are passionate about.
“We are extremely proud of the performances delivered at the recent Eisteddfod, because we know how hard the students worked to perfect their routines, and to walk away with these results is fantastic,” shared a proud Miss Torbey.
Mrs Janine Lawrence, STMC P&F President, and parent to Year 10 STMC student and dance program participant, Tegan Lawrence, speaks very highly of the benefits of the program.
“The dance program is conducted and offered in such a way that students see it as a good outlet that works hand-in-hand with their studies,” said Mrs Lawrence.
“Tegan has thrived during her participation in the dance program and it really has enabled her to interact with other STMC students from across different year levels.
“She has forged friendships that otherwise may not have come about it if it wasn’t for dance,” said Mrs Lawrence.
STMC Year 12 student and STMC Spirit Captain, Abby Ward is an avid member of the dance team and considers the group her second family.
“We all get along so well, there is no division – how great is that!” said Abby.
“I love the fact that STMC offers so many opportunities, both academic wise and co-curricular wise and I feel that this really helped me find balance with my studies and my other passions,” said Abby.
The dance team and crew now set their sights on their upcoming performances due to be delivered at Runcorn State School Arts Fair on Friday 19 October.