Dancers win Vietnamese festival prize


Captivate dancers win prize

Students from Captivate’s Commercial Dance Ensemble have won an event held by the Vietnamese community celebrating their TET Festival that celebrates the Asian nation’s national day. 
The newly formed ensemble won over fans at the 2017 TET Factor through magical movements despite the fact the team had many new members - winning a big trophy and $1500.

Peta Markham-Ward, teacher of the ensemble, said some students were new to the group but overcame the odds to make it into the final.

“Choreographer, Daniel Lavercombe was amazed at how quick and well they picked up the complex chorey and I loved watching the new relationships build,” Peta said. 

“They worked so hard in really hot conditions to get the piece looking good. Friday 3rd February was the heat and after lots of acts and losing a dancer only two minutes before we were due to go on, due to injury, we were excited to be told we were in Sunday’s Grand Final.”

“Announcement time - 3rd, 2nd and 3 x runners up we didn’t think we were going to come anywhere and then our name was announced and the kids, parents, Daniel and I were so excited.”

“This is the only competition they have done (except last year) and they had the ultimate  success.”

“Natalie (a new member) from Cerdon grabbed the mic and spoke so well. She was a great representative despite only being with us for a few weeks. Students were photographed by lots of community media and interviewed by SBTN which is an Asian Community TV channel. 

“So so proud of these guys. I just wish more students would come on board so we can give this type of joy and excitement to more students.”

Jo Wolffe, who is a teacher at Mary Immaculate and mother of one of the dancers, Tiarna, shared the sentiments of many proud parents.

“I was so impressed with the way the girls learnt and polished such a difficult routine in such a short time and how they adapted so easily to the small stage and the injury at the last minute. I loved watching the performance. 

“It was amazing! It was also nice to see how well they all got along and how they got into the spirit of the festival as a group.”

Choreographer Daniel Lavercombe said he was so proud of the girls.

“Most of my pride stems from how wonderfully supportive they were of each other and other talent's acts,” he said. 

“The experience will stick with me as a major highlight because of the wonderfully talented students and the outstanding final performance. Thanks girls, you did me proud!”

Daniel said the reason behind the participation was because one of the senior cast members was an active member in the Vietnamese Community and asked if we could participate last year.  

“Sadly we did not place - but they danced amazingly. 2017 rolled along and the students bought it up again so how could I say no.”

“They learnt the routine in one day, polished the next and then performed the week after.”
Later during the festival, the students and parents battled not only the heat but also were a part of the record breaking attempt of the most number of people wearing a Non Lo (conical hat). With one hour of standing shoulder to shoulder with more than 1000 people the dancers and parents were a part of the Guinness Book of Records. Another great performance and the kids were very professional. 
Posted By By Catholic Education Parramatta at 16/02/2017 2:24:30 PM

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