Pirie kids invited to attend Lillian Crombie's dance workshops

TEAM: Lillian Crombie's School of Dance and Drama launched on Sunday. Kids were invited to participate in dance workshops.
TEAM: Lillian Crombie's School of Dance and Drama launched on Sunday. Kids were invited to participate in dance workshops.

Kids from Port Pirie, Port Augusta and surrounding regions are invited to come together this Sunday for the launch of Lillian Crombie's School of Dance and Drama.

Workshops in classical ballet, hip hop, Aboriginal Torres Strait Island dance and an introduction to drama will be held at the Northern Festival Centre on Sunday, October 11 and 18.

Founder and Chairperson Lillian Crombie said launching the dance workshops has been a life-long dream.

"This was my dream since I was 16. Don't give up on your dreams, it doesn't matter what it is," she said.

"It's going to be pretty exciting. We will have people there to open it and there will be speakers. Then we will have dancers who are going to teach, they will be doing some repertoire and the kids will have some dancing.

"I want to get those kids to get self-development, posture, responsibility for their wellbeing, so they have got something to do."

DANCE: Rubina Hall, back left, Kris Hutson, dance teacher Valda Inglis, founder and chairperson Lillian Crombie, Natasha Wilton, Kieran Wilton and Kayla Wilton.

DANCE: Rubina Hall, back left, Kris Hutson, dance teacher Valda Inglis, founder and chairperson Lillian Crombie, Natasha Wilton, Kieran Wilton and Kayla Wilton.

Ms Crombie has been involved in dance and acting since a young age and hopes her workshops provide kids with the same opportunity.

"I had the opportunity as a kid at the age of nine to do ballet and character dancing and I want the kids to have that same opportunity," she said.

"I am doing this for the kids and for the community, because the kids are our future. It could take them somewhere else like it did me, because I did dancing then I went on doing acting."

Kayla Wilton said she is excited to attend the dance workshops with kids from Port Pirie and some of her friends.

"I like dancing just for fun," she said.

When asked if she thinks it is a great program to attend Kayla said: "Yes, because all the kids get to go together and dance."

Kayla's mum Natasha Wilton said she is looking forward to her children being involved.

"There are going to be a few of us there supporting Auntie Lillian with the children. It should be a great day," she said.

"It is a very good initiative. I believe what Auntie Lillian is doing and trying to achieve with the community is just an awesome thing to do.

"I believe this will be a very good program in the future for the kids and potential dancers and even actors. All sorts of opportunities can come their way by taking part in this dance program."

Dance teacher Valda Inglis will be helping Ms Crombie coordinate the dance workshops and said it will be beneficial to kids of all ages.

"Right from when they are little they gain coordination, confidence and it is great for their bodies too with stretching and strengthening, even if they play sport it goes hand-in-hand," she said.

"I am very excited for Lillian and the community because it is a great opportunity for students to come have a go and hopefully it will carry on through to next year."

Ms Crombie said while she is trying to secure a place for her dance school next year, she is open to discussing enrollments for 2021.

For workshop enquiries call: 08 8633 8500

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