Dance is an ever evolving aspect of the St Patrick’s community. There are so many talented and versatile young dancers and we are proud to support the achievements of these students as they aspire to professional careers in the Australian Performing Arts.
At the end of 2016 Breanna W (Year 11 student) received an email which contained an offer to be a part of Limitless Dance Company’s 2017 debut of ‘SE7EN’ as a company trainee. At the time, Breanna states, “I couldn't believe it. My aspiration to be a contemporary dancer professionally was starting”.
Limitless Dance Company is a contemporary based company created in mid 2015 to provide new paid performance opportunities for contemporary dancers in Australia. They are an independent creative company that pushes the boundaries of dance both artistically and conceptually; creating compelling and innovative new works.
The work SE7EN revealed the precarious stability of the concept of self and the notion that there are several different sinful entities inside all of us. The dancers were transformed into erupting, powerful creatures projecting a range of physical impressions and emotions.
In the recent school holidays, Breanna rehearsed every day from 9am till 6pm with Limitless Dance Company. “These days were very long; however, the experience was amazing. Just dancing with a group of professionals was fantastic, there was so much I learnt, which will be very helpful for the future”.
In the last few rehearsals Breanna was told that she would be performing on stage with the company members for the first time. “I was over the moon! Finally, the day had come, my first professional show”. Breanna says the experience was “simply incredible. The atmosphere, the audience, the response of the people. I loved every minute of it”.
The performances took place at NIDA’s Playhouse Theatre on the 12, 13 and 14 May, the weekend just before Year 11 Half-Yearly Examinations. Breanna managed a very busy schedule, juggling the demands of Year 11 senior studies alongside her regular dance training, the College Musical, dance eisteddfods on weekends and the show. “This experience taught me how to be mature as a dancer, how to manage my time and how to be myself”.
As a young emerging Australian talent, we were incredibly proud to support Breanna in her pursuit of a career in the Arts, in particular Dance, in Australia. She notes, “this show was put together to allow dance in Australia to be recognised and supported. To provide opportunities for Australian dancers and I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of it”.
Breanna has worked extremely hard to get to where she is today. “All the training over the past 14 years has helped me a lot. Dancing every day until 9pm, working very hard every lesson. All these elements allowed for this opportunity. I am so grateful for this experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat”.
We are so very proud of Breanna’s achievements and her beautiful debut with the company. She displayed technical prowess and a captivating, eloquent performance. We look forward to following Breanna’s many successes in the Arts in the years to come. Well done Breanna from everyone at St Patrick’s College for Girls!
Emma Randell – Dance Teacher