Of course they all think they can dance
By EMMA O'NEILL
PERFORMING a backflip and then a salsa dance with your mum isn't an average warm-up.
But that was exactly how 17-year-old Mario Tinning was loosening up his muscles before auditioning for the television series, So You Think You Can Dance?, at the Lismore City Hall yesterday.
Mario's mum, Yenny, was there to support him.
She grew up in Ecuador and said dance had been a huge part of their family life.
"I grew up in a really poor country and dance was one of the few things everyone could do to be happy," she said.
About 50 dancers from local dance schools were spread out on the floor of the warm-up room yesterday.
Signature moves were rehearsed and impressive stretches performed as they added finishing touches to their one-minute audition pieces.
But not all of the dancers were hoping for a call-back. Local dancer Emma Behan is 17 and too young to make it to the next round; she was just auditioning for the experience.
Emma's mum, Pam, was also at the audition and said it was important the judges knew how many talented young dancers there were in the area so they would return next year. Byron Bay dancer Grace Hammond wasn't nervous when she performed for the judges.
"When I dance, I just let all of my emotions out. Whatever I'm feeling comes out in my dancing," she said.