Up for two awards on the same night each side of the country, the Wangara dance school principal had to decide which ceremony to attend.
Giving herself no chance of an international gong in Queensland, she opted for the Joondalup Business Association’s annual awards at Joondalup Resort last Friday night.
The 33-year-old Talent Co Dance and Entertainment founding director won both ” the JBA’s business of the year and the best local activity at the International Junior What’s On For Kids Awards.
‘I chose to go to the WA awards thinking I wouldn’t stand a chance in the international award ” and I won it,’ she said.
Mrs Chater, who has built up to 1500 students this year after starting the business 17 years ago, said the school’s growth and recent success in state competitions may have attracted the attention of the judges.
‘We have just been chosen to represent WA in Dance Life Unite in October,’ she said.
‘Also the fact we train our kids to be teachers; one of our students is the head of dance at Prendiville Catholic College.
‘I guess putting back into the community has been a big thing as well.’
Mrs Chater said her business was a runner-up in the JBA awards last year after winning the Wanneroo Business Association’s best business (under five staff) the previous year.