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Danielle's School Spectacular

Danielle Goodrick performed in the Schools Spectacular

In late November Danielle travelled to Sydney to perform in one of Australia’s biggest performances, Schools Spectacular.

The theme of the 2019 Schools Spectacular was 'Stars', which consisted of 5,500 singers, dancers, musicians and performers. Before Danielle could take the stage she had to rehearse multiple times with hundreds of other students from the Sydney Metropolitan Areas.

Danielle performed as part of the NSW State Dance Ensemble combined with students from Sydney. Danielle performed in 4 shows, twice a day, for 2 days in a row. "School Spectacular was an amazing experience and I am sure to be back next year". School Spectacular completes Danielle's journey with the 2019 New South Wales Dance Ensemble but she is excited to hopefully return next year. School Spectacular will air on Saturday 7 December at 7 pm on channel 7.

Danielle is pictured outside of Qudos Bank Arena after the final Show.

Danielle has been accepted into NSW Public Schools State Dance Ensemble

 Danielle Goodrick has been accepted into the NSW Public School State Dance Ensemble

For as long as Dani Goodrick can remember, she has loved to dance. Now at 13 years old she is embarking on something spectacular. The Year 8 Parkes High School student has been accepted into the NSW Public Schools State Dance Ensemble, which come November, will be making an appearance at the Schools Spectacular at QUDOS Bank Arena. It will be Dani's first time performing in the prestigious production that features 5500 students from more than 370 public schools across NSW. And she couldn't be more excited for the experience. "I'm most excited about learning from new professional tutors and performing on bigger stages," Dani said. "Also dancing as a group - I don't get to dance as a group much here."

Dani is a student of the Parkes School of Dance and it was her dance teacher Cathy Acret who first suggested she apply for the Schools Spectacular. Once she was online, Dani found the school dance ensemble opportunity instead and she was quick to submit her dance competition videos, head shot and paperwork of her dancing experience. "It was a long few weeks, waiting," Dani laughed. "I was in third period at school when mum rang and told me to look at the email. She sounded happy so I thought it meant something good. I was very happy [when I read the email]. I had to go outside because I was crying."

Dani said hundreds of students between Years 7 to 12 applied for the ensemble and the final numbers were narrowed down to 32. There's a metropolitan ensemble and a regional ensemble. Dani is the second youngest of the regional group that also includes dancers from Cowra and Orange. While Dani performs classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical dance styles, the ensemble is contemporary based.

So far the experience has involved many trips to Sydney for rehearsals, her first stint taking place over a few days during the July school holidays. Students have been busily preparing dance pieces for the NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival that takes place between September 9 -13 at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale and involves 1500 students from kindergarten to Year 12. After this festival, Dani said they will learn new routines for the Schools Spectacular. "Going from a country town to the city where dancing is huge, my first rehearsal experience was different and great," she said. "The older students are very advanced so I learnt a lot from them. Everyone is really talented. It's just an amazing experience... That I get to dance with other students all over NSW."

Dani also said the experience is helping her to understand there are other regional students who have the same passion for dancing as she does. Dani has been dancing since she was three and since moving to Parkes, she's furthered her skills thanks to the experience of Cathy. "I want to be on Broadway or in the musical theatre business," she said. "I'm involved in the Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society, I love all things like that. I love music, I love the flow it brings and how we move to the music. I love that you can tell a story through movement." Dani will be rehearsing for the Schools Spectacular from November 18-21. And this year, the annual spectacle will also feature students from Bogan Gate Public School performing in the combined choir.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Parkes Champion Post for the article and Winkipop media for the photos.

Tianna & Katie accepted into the National Art School HSC Intensive Studio Practice Program

Tianna Simpson and Katie Tanswell have been accepted into the prestigious National Art School HSC Intensive Studio Practice Program. The course offers the opportunity to work with the esteemed National Art School staff to develop a Body Of Work for exhibition. Katie and Tianna were required to submit an application, including examples of their work, to be invited to participate  in the program.

Katie will be working in the Sculpture department and Tianna will be developing her skills in Life Drawing when they travel to Sydney to participate in the program during the July and September school holidays.

Congratulations Katie and Tianna on your exceptional achievement. We look forward exceptional achievement. We look forward to seeing the fabulous artworks you create.

Channeling the inner Klimt

Year 10 Painting were inspired by Gustav Klimt's landscape paintings. ​

The above artworks were created by Ryan Evans, Imagen Smith, Bonnie Schubert, Maeve O'Brien, Rachel Ostler, Courtney Sinclair, Alleyne Gaut.