Dancers kept on their toes at Sydney Dance Company workshop

DANCE EXPERIENCE: Students of Central West Performing Arts were fortunate to do a workshop yesterday under the tutelage of Sydney Dance Company’s Thomas Bradley. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

DANCE EXPERIENCE: Students of Central West Performing Arts were fortunate to do a workshop yesterday under the tutelage of Sydney Dance Company’s Thomas Bradley. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

AS a dedicated dancer, gaining additional experience and remaining inspired can be a challenge living in a rural area.

That’s why students from Central West Performing Arts jumped at the chance to do a workshop with members of the Sydney Dance Company (SDC) on Monday.

Dancers Thomas Bradley and Jessica Thompson took the students through a rigorous warm up.

Mr Bradley, who grew up in Cootamundra, was proof to the students that even if you are from the bush you can follow your dreams.

Dancer David Mack followed with a senior dance class with his protege Josephine Weise.

He said the SDC’s time in Orange in the lead up to weekend performances in Bathurst and Orange was an opportunity to educate young dancers.

Dance director for the company Amy Hollingsworth and Mr Mack agreed that the rise in reality television shows, which expose dancers to a wider audience, is a double edged sword.

They believe it promotes dancing on a wider scale but doesn’t give a true insight into the many hours required to master the craft.

“One of the positives though is that it shows guys what is possible if they really want to dance,” Mr Mack said.

The Sydney Dance Company will perform 2 One Another at Orange Civic Theatre on Saturday night.

Tickets are available by calling Ticketek on 63938111.

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