A Port Pirie dance school have bounced their way into the Brand South Australia 2017 regional showcase awards.
Hip Hop Bounce, directed by Natasha English McCulloch was shortlisted in the top 15 businesses in regional South Australia and her team attended the award ceremony held last Friday in Whyalla where they received recognition for their hard work.
The Regional Showcase program celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups and businesses that have made a significant contributions across regional South Australia.
Natasha, the 32 year old director and principal was really surprised and pleased at the shortlisting.
“We just did not see it coming”, she said.
Hip Hop Bounce has excelled all expectations with classes commencing in Port Pirie just six years ago, the school has now expanded to Jamestown, Clare and recently to Whyalla.
“It has been really positive, [the kids] can’t seem to get enough, we can’t keep up with demand.”
The school focuses on the needs and wants of their students and Natasha has found that along with adding more regional locations, they have added more styles.
“In our dance program we have hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, bouncing which is similar to musical theatre, all star cheer, tumble and pom.”
“Our goal is to keep the training options open and make sure that we offer different opportunities, if there is a student that wants to come along and do one class a week to be happy and healthy and join in with their friends through to national and international competitors and careers in dance.”
With over 500 students across all locations, the school have struggled with having enough teachers to meet the demand.
“It is really hard to find qualified teachers and the ones here are already working over time.”
“In a response to that we have started a student teacher training program which is not only allows us to deliver more classes but allows [the students] to follow their dreams and have a career in dance and dance teaching.”
“We have already had two of our teachers employed.”
“The next two years should see a lot more people trained for jobs and jobs for them.”
Natasha hopes that the award will encourage more people will come and learn that dance is a way of life.