At front, Coco Lacson, middle row from left, Mary Doohan, Sophie Emery, Imogen Hurst, at rear, Rachel Barr, Kasmi Fisher, and Katie McGrath getting ready for the Christmas charity dance concert at Lismore Workers Club.
At front, Coco Lacson, middle row from left, Mary Doohan, Sophie Emery, Imogen Hurst, at rear, Rachel Barr, Kasmi Fisher, and Katie McGrath getting ready for the Christmas charity dance concert at Lismore Workers Club. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Dance gives Coco a step up

COCO Lacson, 5, was as excited about wearing glittering make-up as remembering her dance moves at the rehearsal for her first-ever tiny tots Christmas charity concert with the Sharon Sidney School of Dance yesterday.

Dressed as a Christmas fairy, the pint-sized ballerina was one of 80 children rehearsing at the Lismore Workers Club yesterday for the annual charity concert, the 25th put on by the dance school.

"Coco started dancing in June after a friend invited us to watch a class," Coco's mother, Janey Lacson said.

"She was so enthralled with it all and started dancing on the spot," Mrs Lacson said.

"It teaches her to be more assertive and confident, I'm so surprised at how confident she was going up on stage," she said.

"And she gets excited about the hair going up and getting to wear glittery make-up."

The annual charity concert will be held at the Lismore Workers Club on 29 November, continuing a 25-year-old tradition, said organiser Heather Sidney.

"We've held the charity concert every year for 25 years, and we've had the same compere for 25 years, the same videographer and up until two years ago we had the same lighting person," Ms Sidney said.

"The kids just love the concert, and it appeals to all ages. There's nothing competitive about it at all, it's pure entertainment," she said.

"I've been dancing all my life and two of my daughters are now qualified teachers at the school," she said.

"At our school we don't force the children into any type of dance, they choose what they like. If they want to do jazz or hip-hop, they can, without having had to do ballet first.

"We also have adults coming to us who haven't danced since they were children."



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