Daddy Dance added to concert

November 15, 2017

Emily Plant and Isabella and Charlotte Haig performed as part of the three to five year-olds group.

Jenna Purtill and Year 2 and 3 Dancer of the Year winner Abbey Doncon.

Mathew Crothers participated in the Daddy Dance with his daughters (from left) Phoebe, Monique and Gabriella Crothers.

Jenna Purtill (centre) with Rising Star award and scholarship winner Eloise Menadue (left) and her little sister Claire.

Proud parents of dancing children were given the chance to be involved in the Jen’s DanceFit end of year concert.

Dance instructor Jenna Purtill said new ‘Daddy Dance’ items was added to the annual concert schedule this year to increase audience participation.

‘‘We had 15 dads participate — some who volunteered and some who were dobbed in against their will — to dance with their daughters,’’ Miss Purtill said.

‘‘Some had two or three of their children with them.

‘‘Dads and their daughters attended practices once or twice a week for a month before the concert.

‘‘The Daddy Dance was to a medley of four songs, a mix of sweet and funky, and had the audience in laughter and tears.’’

More than 350 people attended the concert to watch more than 70 dancers showcase what they had learned throughout the year.

The dancers are spread over four age group classes — three to five year-olds, Kindergarten to year 1, Year 2 and 3 and Year 4 and up.

‘‘This is the third year for Jen’s DanceFit, and all classes did two dances each,’’ Miss Purtill said,.

‘‘There was also a whole group ‘Thriller’ dance, and eight selected dancers from the older group joined me for the opening dance which they helped choreograph.’’

The end of year concert is also a presentation day for the classes, with awards given to the most improved dancers.

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