CAREER MOVE: Dancers Jasmine Filmer and Maddie Quinn at the Queensland Dance Performance College.
CAREER MOVE: Dancers Jasmine Filmer and Maddie Quinn at the Queensland Dance Performance College. Kiera Kelly-Williamson

Caloundra college lets school pupils dance to their own tune

GAINING certificates in trade work while at school is quickly becoming the norm, but gaining a traineeship in dance is just as popular.

The SCPAC dance school at Caloundra decided to give their students a chance to make a professional career out of the art form.

And that was how the Queensland Dance Performance College was born.

Dance school director and owner Bonnita Anthony decided more than two years ago to establish the reg

istered training organ-isation in a bid to help the young boys and girls who had a passion for dance.

"We offer government-accredited courses from Certificate II to a Diploma of Dance," she said.

"It's definitely something for those who want to further their experience and career in becoming a professional performer. There isn't really a specific age that we start them but usually from 13 years and up."

Meridan State High School pupil, 15-year-old Jasmine Filmer, has been studying with the dance college since she was 13 and hopes to make a career out of dance.

"We get one day a week off school to go to the studio and dance all day," she said.

"I'm currently studying the Certificate IV over two years with them. I've been dancing since I was seven and would love to make a career out of it and I just thought doing this would be a great step towards that dream.

"Outside of the QDPC I go to after school dance class six days a week and I love it."

The QDPC already has had several dancers follow dreams of working professionally with one dancer, Jake, gaining a six-month contract on a cruise ship as a dancer.

Caloundra Weekly  Caloundra Weekly

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