The RAD Grade exam students received 20 Distinctions, 41 Merits and 3 Passes (Examiner Ching Ching Teo).
Congratulations to the following Vocational Graded students (Examiner Gillian Davis):
INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION: Abbie-Jane Whibley, Janine Schatkowski, Tamlyn Evans & Shayna Clarke (DISTINCTION) Shae Robinson & Zara Voll (MERIT)
INTERMEDIATE: Jordan Hayes, Jazmine Marsh (DISTINCTION) Ethan Philp, Ella Jackson, Teya Smith & Katie Egerton (MERIT)
ADVANCED FOUNDATION: Caitlin Whitfield (DISTINCTION) Rhiannon Rasmussen, Laura Connolly, Molly Kirkwood, Stevie Keating Van-Es & Erin McCartney (MERIT)
ADVANCED I: Emma Moir, Georgia Rudken, Kirsten Willis, Britney Worbey & Gabrielle Perkins (DISTINCTION)
ADVANCED II: Dominique Poots (DISTINCTION)
A New Studio logo was also introduced this year. All garments with the new logo have now become available, so we will all look amazing in 2017.
Other featured experiences throughout the year included the attendance of students at the Queensland Ballet Workshop in Mackay, and the Australian Dance Festival in Sydney, where Morgan Buckton successfully auditioned for Ev & Bow’s Full-time Dance Course. QB returned to Mackay later this year to give some extremely lucky ballet dancers including our very own Rori Paganoni, Keely Phelan and Kiara Catterall an opportunity to do a ballet class with QB dancer Joel Woellner promoting the Queensland Ballet and Suncorps Wish Upon a Star competition. Keely Phelan and Lila McGrath will travel to Brisbane in January 2017 to perform in the Brisbane Youth Ballet Company’s production of The Magic Faraway Tree. Rori Paganoni, Tahlia Doolan, Jessica Dobie, Demi Sammut, Abbie-Jane Whibley, Tamlyn Evans, Jordan Hayes and Emma Moir travelled to Townsville to compete in the semi-finals of the prestigious NQ Genee Dance Challenge.
Throughout the year many students travelled to other eisteddfods including Burdekin, Gladstone, Townsville, Charters Towers, Bundaberg, Emerald, Rockhampton and Mackay’s very own Dance Festival. Congratulations to all students for the phenomenal results they received, especially from the recent Mackay Eisteddfod where the studio gained 64 First Placings, 12 Awards, 7 Championships and 6 Group Wins. Particular congratulations to Championship and Award winners throughout the year: Lachlan Doolan, Lila McGrath, Mackenzie Wotherspoon, Keely Phelan, Liam Shields, Rori Paganoni, Tahlia Doolan, Renae Camilleri, Mercia Horan, Jordan Hayes, Laura Connolly, Rhiannon Rasmussen, Kirsten Willis, Emma Moir, Georgia Sheedy, Dominique Poots, Amy Benson, Georgia Worbey, Morgan Buckton.
Georgia Rudken, Morgan Buckton, Amy Benson and Georgia Worbey are our graduating students this year. It is fitting for us to congratulate, remember and farewell these girls together, because they have formed a very close friendship with each other, a special bond with all the teachers, and have been such great role models for all the other students in the dance school. I would like to thank them for the many memories, and wish them the very best as they now move on to bigger and better experiences and adventures. You will forever remain in our hearts.