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Echuca East dancing spectacular

Echuca East Primary School students will be dancing before thousands at the Victorian State School Spectacular.

CHLOE PICKARD August 13, 2014 12:58pm

Echuca East students are gearing up for the Victorian State School Spectacular

Echuca East Primary School students will be dancing before thousands at the Victorian State School Spectacular.

In a first for the school, 20 children will take part in a mass dance in Melbourne on September 13, with about 1000 others from different schools.

Teacher Tegan Parkinson said the children had learnt seven routines during four training days at Shepparton after being taught by Deon Nuku and Troy Phillips, choreographers from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.

‘‘They just get pumped the whole way through,’’ she said.

‘‘The complexity of the choreography surprised me.’’

The students will practise twice a week at school and then have two full days of rehearsal in Melbourne, before taking to the stage for the big event.

Grade 5 student Riley Collis said dancing took his mind off his diabetes.

‘‘It helps me with everything I’ve been going through in my life, all my medical stuff,’’ he said.

Miss Parkinson said the experience had been good for the children’s confidence.

‘‘And it’s been really great to provide them with an opportunity to do something in the area of performing arts because in regional areas that’s quite limited, especially to primary school students,’’ she said.

Echuca East is one of the few regional schools taking part in the stage spectacular.

The shows are on at 1pm and 6.30pm and tickets are available at Ticketek.

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