Almost 28 years ago, the Leisa Payne School of Dance was born from inspiration, and it hasn’t lacked creativity, imagination, enthusiasm and triumph since, continuing to inspire the students of today. 2017 is coming to an end, with a masterly record of achievements and success stories. This outstanding success, and the formidable standard seen here tonight is largely merited to the dedication and expertise of the teaching staff, who are devoted to the highest standards of dance instruction, and to all the students, especially those in the senior school who have given their very best at all times, and to the parents for their support and encouragement. Fabulous results and success aren’t achieved through luck or chance. It is a team effort, and we all make a great team.
Firstly, I would like to thank Ms Peta Comelli, who, without her, we wouldn't have been able to relish the success we did this year, excel with the new dance programs that were offered, and overall enjoy the atmosphere at the studio which I think was a huge part of our accomplishments. She is literally my right hand, therefore, none of this would be possible without her knowledge, support, positivity, and vision. Thank you to Ms Samantha Gordon for being such a loveable and perfect teacher, friend and now mum too. Her teaching and choreography define who she is - someone who teaches not only with her mind, but with her heart. Samantha’s winning choreography is seen tonight in La La Land and Yankee Doodle Dandy. Thank you also to Ms Taylor Hey for her innovative and motivational teaching and choreography. Taylor inspires the students, and her eye for perfection brings out the very best in all the students. Her Hip-Hop classes were a resounding success this year. Mr Petar Grulovic never lets us down, and has once again produced brilliant choreography this year. His work can be seen in tonight’s winning groups Peter Allen Medley and the entertaining and theatrical G’Day G’Day.