Local dancers head to Hollywood

ELEVEN young dancers from Glenorchy’s Jenina’s Dance Workshop are set to put their best foot forward when they travel to the west coast of the United States to receive tutorship from a number of that country’s leading choreographers and dance educators.

In preparation for the trip, the local dancers are in the midst of a rigorous training program, which includes more than 15-hours of practice per week.

Jenina’s Dance Shop Workshop owner Jenina Evans said many of the students hoped to make dance their fulltime careers, either as professional performers, teachers or choreographers.

She said this opportunity would act as a “huge leap” in the right direction.

“This trip will allow the students to gain insight into the development of commercial dance outside Australia,” she said.

“During their time on the west coast, they will take classes at the world-renowned Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles and the Mather Dance Company in Anaheim.

“They will also take part in a three-day dance convention in Las Vegas that includes more than 15-hours of classes, as well as a competition component.”

The Australian team will compete with five group pieces, two of which are choreographed by leading Australian commercial choreographer Stephen Tannos, as well as a solo each.

“It’s a very busy schedule, but the dancers are very excited about this thrilling opportunity,” Ms Evans said.

“They are eager to learn all they can from world-class instructors and other hard working dancers on the other side of the world.”

Caption: Dancers from Jenina’s Dance Workshop in Glenorchy will be heading to America to receive instruction from a number of leading choreographers and dance educators.