Family’s stage presence

IT is a special kind of love that grandmother Kerry Taberner, her daughter Celia Lanser and Celia’s little girl Ava share.

The trio recently performed at the Orange Civic Theatre in a dance concert hosted by the Orange Dance Centre.

The love of dance shared by all three began when Mrs Taberner was a teenager.

“I didn’t have the opportunity for any formal dance training when I was young, but if there was a dance competition at school I always took part. I just loved dancing so much,” Mrs Taberner said.

So when her daughter Celia turned four she enrolled her in a class at the Orange Dance Centre.

Her daughter stayed with her classes and when adult classes were started at the studio Mrs Taberner jumped at the chance.

“I just love it - I’ve been doing it for more than 10 years now,” Mrs Taberner said.

Mrs Lanser said when her little girl performed her ‘baby dance’ at the recent concert it was like history repeating itself.

“Mum cried the first time she saw me on stage,” she said.

“Then when we saw Ava dance for the first time - we both cried.”

Dance school principal Kylie Haigh said it is a pleasure to teach all three.

“They are just a gorgeous family,” she said.

“Kerry and Celia are always the first ones to put their hands up to help at concert time or at the Eisteddfod.

“Winning at the Eisteddfod in the adult section is a bonus but they really don’t mind if they win or not - they just love taking part. “Its such a joy to teach them all,” Mrs Haigh said.

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