DANCING WITH TOWN PRIDE: Senior dancers, Chloe Honnery, Tawnie Benecke, Skye Gerke, Mikayla Wilson and Lauren Fendley from Chinchilla Dance Studio.
DANCING WITH TOWN PRIDE: Senior dancers, Chloe Honnery, Tawnie Benecke, Skye Gerke, Mikayla Wilson and Lauren Fendley from Chinchilla Dance Studio. Asha Josland

Studio represents town at Toowoomba Eisteddfod

IT CAN be daunting leaving the fish pond to take on bigger-city competition, but the senior class from Chinchilla Dance Studio has sashayed away from the Toowoomba Eisteddfod with grace beyond their years.

Asha Josland said this was a first for the small dance school, but the girls didn't let the more experienced competition intimidate them.

"I am very proud of the way the girls danced but also of how they conducted themselves,” Miss Josland said.

"Dance eisteddfods can be tense and competitive environments but the CDS girls remained kind, polite and professional in the dressing room and backstage.”

Their contemporary routine earned the girls a score of 83/100 - not too shabby for their first time competing.

Lauren Fendley, 16, has been dancing with CDS since she was 11 and said the students were excited to showcase their dance studio to a Toowoomba audience.

"I think some people were surprised to see a dance studio from a small country town come out with such a strong performance,” she said.

"It was great to represent Chinchilla and show the bigger dance schools from Toowoomba as well as the Sunshine Coast that we can really dance.”

Lauren, who is hoping to pursue a dance degree at QUT after high school, said they had been rehearsing the routine since March and it quickly became a favourite among all five dancers.

"The routine is called Real People and it's become quite special to us. We all fell in love with it early on,” she said.

To see the students' hard work for yourself, keep an eye out for the CDS end-of- year concert taking place at the Cultural Centre late November. More details and dates to be announced.