Students step up for dance

Dancing up a storm: Students from Ashdale, Landsdale and Madeley primary schools.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d442029
Dancing up a storm: Students from Ashdale, Landsdale and Madeley primary schools.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d442029

Ashdale Secondary College dance and drama teacher Sherree Gull said the Year 6 students were part of a free dance extension program.

Miss Gull said they had been meeting at the college every Tuesday to prepare for today�s performance at the Wakakirri festival in the Regal Theatre in Subiaco.

�We are the smallest group performing from WA this year for Wakakirri and span across three primary schools,� she said.

Miss Gull said the dance, called �Child Soldiers�, discussed the cultural issue that involves more than 300,000 children in more than 30 conflicts worldwide.

�They are used as combatants, abducted from their families, recruited and living in combat zones, having limited education and chance of survival,� she said.

�We incorporate different styles of drama, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary into our routine to assist in us telling our story.

�Our focus is on sustainability and recycling and all of our props and costumes have been borrowed or recycled from (my) past performances.�