Boyz take steps

Lachlan O'Neill, Zac Jansen, Cody Roberts and Matthew Hayden take part in Boyz Can Dance. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d399031
Lachlan O'Neill, Zac Jansen, Cody Roberts and Matthew Hayden take part in Boyz Can Dance. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d399031

Jack discovered dance in kindergarten classes and fell in love with the way it combined physical expression with controlled movements.

‘I didn’t really learn about contemporary dance until Year 7 when I did a course at WA Academy of Performing Arts,’ he said.

‘So when I was trying to work out what to do for my middle school personal project, I thought why don’t I educate these boys on contemporary dance?’

Dividing his free time between homework, playing the drums and dancing with the prestigious Steps Youth Dance Company, Jack said running the Boyz Can Dance workshop was absolutely worth it.

‘I’m hoping to break the stereotype and start a new generation of boy dancers,’ he said.

‘I believe you should only be judged on what skill you have, never age or gender, so it’s quite cool to know that I’ve helped change their opinion of dance.’

After nine weeks of training and rehearsals, the Boyz Can Dance troupe of years 2 to 6 students held their final performance at Helena House Hall on April 11.

‘We had a general jungle theme, but as with most contemporary dance, it is up to the audience to interpret the story for themselves,’ Jack said.

‘The boys really gave it their all and showed they had achieved so much in just a couple of months.’