WAAPA graduate returns to Mindarie Senior High School to tutor dance prospect

Dance Teacher Pamela Konijn with Alumni Student Jessica Cruse and Collene Coote (In Orange). Photo: Matt Jelonek.
Dance Teacher Pamela Konijn with Alumni Student Jessica Cruse and Collene Coote (In Orange). Photo: Matt Jelonek.

A WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) graduate recently returned to her high school to teach a student there.

Mindarie Senior College recruited Jessica Cruse, who finished at the school in 2012, to create a solo for current Year 12 student Colleen Coote.

“Jessica is a great success story for our dance department,” dance teacher Pamela Konijn said.

“Jess completed a Bachelor of Arts (dance) at WAAPA, where they audition and take the top 18 dancers from the country for the course.

“Jess was the ‘poster’ girl for her final year WAAPA showcase and the lead role in the ballet piece.”

Mrs Konijn said the former student went on to train at the Melbourne City Ballet and would embark on an audition tour of the USA in April.

“We love it here at MSC when past students come back to work in the college,” she said.

“We currently have three teachers who are all ex-MSC alumni.”