Big honour for tracksuit

Big honour for tracksuit

MIDLAND dance program Tracksuit, for dancers with disabilities, has been shortlisted to receive this year�s Australian Dance Award.

The program presented by Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts, Australia (DADAA) creates pathways for dancers with disabilities to develop their skills and professional capacity through dance workshops.

�The Tracksuit project uses dance for participants to express themselves, especially for those who are less vocal,� Tracksuit teacher and co-|ordinator Paige Gordon said.

The dancers rehearse at the Midland junction centre each week and have been selected for the Outstanding Achievement in Community Dance category for their 2014 performance titled Royal, alongside three nationally prestigious dance groups.

�It�s a phenomenal recognition for the work we have done over the past six years and we are honoured to be short-listed for the award,� Gordon said.

The Australian Dance Awards are bound for Adelaide in September and will be the 18th staging and 50th anniversary of the event, which began as a dancers� picnic in Sydney before growing into a stage touring function.

Gordon said the Tracksuit team was excited to be nominated for the award, but was focusing on their end-of-year production called Small Fortunes, which will incorporate short films and dance performances that celebrate the small victories in life.

The awards ceremony will be held at Her Majesty�s Theatre in Adelaide on September 12 and tickets are available at BASS.