Dancers' coup runneth over
A TROUPE of ballet dancers taught in Alstonville scored a rare coup at last weekend's Queensland State Medal Finalists in Brisbane, winning six of the 12 awards on offer.
The students of Cecchetti Ballet, taught by Alstonville dance teacher Monique Feain, scored gold in the senior division, bronze in the inter- mediate and scooped the pool in the juniors.
Gold medal winner for the juniors, Trinity schoolgirl Bridget Mulholland, 13, of McLeans Ridges, gave a performance that took the judges' breath away.
“Sometimes it is about the magic,” said Ms Feain. “Sometimes the steps on the day are what score the points.”
Ms Feain said Bridget's qualities came to the fore last weekend, excelling in grace, poise, artistry and musicality.
“Bridget has such a rapport with me that when a correction is given she is able to interpret it and put it into her work,” she said.
“Everything she has worked on she put into her routine last weekend.”
Considering Bridget's 19-year-old sister Eliza now tours with the Royal Danish Ballet, there is plenty of inspiration to excel. But Ms Feain, herself a professional dancer who spent 12 years in Germany, said Bridget had her own qualities of success.
“Bridget, like all the dancers who got medals last weekend, is very dedicated,” she said.
“The students' commitment is outstanding. They strive to be the best. It has been such a joy to be part of their journey.”
Ms Feain said the discipline of dance had many life skills benefits, including the building of confidence, and self-presentation.
She said the recent television success of So You Think You Can Dance had opened the world of dance and its joys to the public.
“Now people are prepared to pay money to see a dance show,” she said.
Other medal winners were Ashlyne Wardel, 18, of Clunes, who won gold in the senior division; Demee-Lee Cramp, 14, of Lismore Heights, who won bronze in the intermediate division; Kate Utting, 9, of Lismore, who won bronze in the pre-junior division; Cooper Cridland, 11, of Mullumbimby, who won silver in the junior division; and Bridget Coulthurst, 13, of Federal, who won bronze in the junior division.