Young dancers to shine at Sydney
A DEDICATED young troupe of dancers from Wollongbar Public School will join 3000 other performers from around NSW to light up the Sydney Entertainment Centre in two weeks time for the 2012 Schools Spectacular.
For some of the 12 kids, it will be their first ever visit to Sydney. Four students have never even set foot on a plane before.
"They are so pumped about going - they are really looking forward to it," said teacher Kim Green.
It's also the first time Alstonville has participated in the Schools Spectacular, a massive event showcasing the performing arts of NSW public schools.
Televised nationally on the ABC, it includes 2000 dancers, a combined schools choir of 1300 and an 80-piece full symphony orchestra as well as jazz, stage and rock bands.
The team have managed to raise $7600 of an $8000 budget for the trip thanks to contributions from the Alstonville Public School P&C and supportive local businesses.
"They've never been to anything on that stage before and really don't have any concept of the size of it yet - I think they'll be fairly blown away when they actually see the whole thing and how it all comes together," said Ms Green.
The event this year is called Our Time, and focuses on environmental awareness through the eyes of the new generation.
"It's looking at how other generations in the past haven't looked after the environment, and now it's the younger generation's time to pick up the pieces and move forward," said Ms Green.
The students are dancing in a segment called Worlds To Change alongside a live orchestra and choir also made of public school children.
They'll also join a giant finale featuring everyone in the show performing Sitting On Top Of The World, a rousing Delta Goodrem power pop number crafted to uplift and inspire.
How have preparations been going so far?
"We had two days of rehearsals up at Tweed two weeks ago... and they've been practising at home and at school ever since," said Ms Green.
"They're obviously loving what they're doing which is the best part about it."
They fly into Sydney two weeks from today for two days of intensive dress rehearsals, followed by three performances on the Friday night, and Saturday afternoon and evening.
So will they be celebrating after the show?
"No I think we'll be very tired and just sleeping… Sunday morning will be sleep in time," she laughed.
They'll also get to do some sightseeing on the Sunday - including visiting Sydney Tower, the aquarium, Darling Harbour and catching a ferry over to Manly.
"It's a nice reward at the end of the whole thing for all their hard work."