FUN WORKSHOP: Ben Mayne teaching a class at Alstonville Dance Studio (above) and, at left, with young dancers Harmi Davis and Madeline Aspinall.
FUN WORKSHOP: Ben Mayne teaching a class at Alstonville Dance Studio (above) and, at left, with young dancers Harmi Davis and Madeline Aspinall. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

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BUDDING dancers from all over the North Coast and South-East Queensland have flocked to Alstonville Dance Studio this week for the second block of their holiday dance workshop.

This week's workshop includes classes with ballet instructors Janece Graham and Lisa Miles and a special guest teacher arriving from Thailand

Sue Whiteman, dance instructor from Alstonville Dance Studio, said it was fantastic to have the guest teachers in to teach the kids.

One of the guest teachers was Ben Mayne, a former member of the Tap Dogs who has travelled the country and the world with his dance moves and now spends his time teaching dance on the Gold Coast.

Yesterday he was hitting the right moves with the students as he guided them through a jazz workshop before tackling a tap class.

Mr Mayne had only just returned from the US and said he was still feeling a bit jetlagged but was enjoying teaching.

"It's great, it's always a fun day here," he said.

He said that after having spent the earlier part of his life dancing in places like Sydney and New York, teaching on the Gold Coast or Alstonville was a "bit of a shock to the system".

He said, however, that he loved that this was a "fun workshop - rather than something strict and by the book".

"You learn to have fun with the kids.

"You learn there's more to dancing than winning eisteddfods.

"The biggest thing is for them to learn to love it - you've gotta love what you do.

"Hopefully by the end of the week they'll be able to take something with them."



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