Dance Extension

CONFIDENT, CREATIVE COMMUNITY. This is what the subject Dance was about in 2021. 

From establishing new relationships, and friendships, during class in Term 1, to performing in front of large audiences by the end of the year, dance has been the conduit—the language—for strong bonds and strong growth.

Covid restrictions couldn’t dampen our dancers’ dedication. Starbound gave Year 7-12s the opportunity to get back on stage. It was a real coup to feature alumni dominating the choreography, with our dancers proudly performing creations by ex-students Ashleigh Naismith, Brittany Walsh, Amy Weatherall and Georgia Clay, plus Year 10 student, Maddison Mirto. Once again, Marymount students are to be congratulated on their outstanding performances.
  • 1st Place 9/10 Musical Theatre
  • 2nd Place 8 Bollywood & Junior Extension Lyrical
  • 3rd Place 8/10 Senior Extension Lyrical
  • VHC Senior Extension Contemporary
  • HC 10-12 Hip Hop & Junior Extension Jazz
Workshops continued to inspire our students, starting with Zac Brazenas in February. A Marymount graduate who has performed with stars including Britney Spears, Pink, J Lo and Kylie Minogue, Zac took our Year 10-12s through their paces in Commercial jazz. Year 8 loved their Bollywood-Bhangra dance by Drea Lam from Dance Masala. Seniors had their creative process modelled by choreographer Richard Causer and changed pace with Jasmine Meakin’s awesome hip hop.

Queensland Ballet’s Gala was an incredible excursion, and it was the first time most of the 70 students had watched ballet at the theatre. Year 12s, in their front row seats, were so immersed in the show they could almost feel the sweat flicking off the performers! 

Year 9 Dance’s early childhood concerts were another highlight of Semester 1. Marymount Primary bopped along, and then the show the Year 9s created went on tour! St Augustine’s loved the colourful performance, joining in with energetic dancing.

Finally, our Year 12s…a bittersweet farewell. Your vibrant presence has left an indelible mark in E17—and the wider school. You waited patiently in the wings over your many years in the Dance Department, and now have led the younger students strongly and proudly as ‘Class of 2021’. You have organised prayer circles before performances, attended competitions and excursions, helped younger dancers with make-up, costumes and rehearsals. Most of you have been a part of Marymount Dance since Year 7. We are proud and grateful for your investment and energy. May your dreams come true—you are always a part of the Marymount family.

Ms Shona Press
Dance Academic Coordinator

Shona Press - 2020 Osmotherly Award.pdf