Song and dance students steal the show

THE dancing shoes were on and the vocals were all on point when more than 100 Dominic College performing arts students unveiled their inaugural Showcase of Music and Dance in September.

Held at the Don Bosco Creative Arts Centre at Guilford Young College, the performers worked in groups and ensembles to mesmerise an audience of more than 500 in a spectacular display of student work.

In addition, students also undertook backstage management, technical production and front-of-house duties.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said there was excellent variety and diversity across the program.

“The evening was most aptly named a showcase,” she said.

“Feedback from the audience was that the quality of performances was impressive and the group work was strong and disciplined.

“Every musician, singer and dancer is crucial in ensemble work – their collective timing requires precision and we saw this across the showcase.

“In a K-10 school, the College’s senior Creative Arts groups should be our very best and set the standard for our junior students and they are indeed doing this.

“I would like to commend our senior students who are leading the way.”

Ms Gilligan also acknowledged the work of performing arts teachers Katherine Hewitt, Martin Smith and Jenina Evans.

“Together with Mike O’Brien, Director of Creative Arts K-10, they are quality teachers committed to students achieving excellence,” she said.

“They are supported by our superb music tutors Brett Budgeon, Hans Kooij, John Keenan and Mark Schmalfuss, who support, challenge and develop our students one-to-one and in small groups.”

Dominic College year eight student Matilda McGovern, who was a stage-crew member, said the excitement level among the students was high.

“It was incredible having the large audience there,” she said.

“From backstage there were lots of things happening, but on stage, it all went smoothly.

“I was so grateful that I was able to be part of the showcase – I had so much fun and I can’t wait for the next one.”

Mr O’Brien said the event should become a favourite on the College calendar.

“Students performed outstanding small group projects from dance and song-writing classes and the College choirs, bands, rock group and dance groups excelled,” he said.

Caption: Dominic College year nine and 10 dance students were one of 16 acts to entertain at the Dominic College Music and Dance Showcase.