3 big days of dance in Toowoomba for Mill St students. Dancing at the stunning Empire Theatre is always so exciting! They received quite a few places including 1st for the open Jazz section! Here’s a selection of photographs of the Mill Street Studios students dancing their hearts out at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod 2018.
Here’s a few more photos of various age groups:
8 Years & Under:

10 Years & Under:

12 Years & Under:

15 Years & Under:

Open/ 20 Years & Under:

Our Acro Groups:

Our Dance Mum 101 group also took to the stage, with our acro teacher playing the “teacher”…

We surprised them at the end with their oldest daughter dressing as their characters.

Here is some footage of the Test Pressing first showing which occurred on Saturday the 2nd of December 2017


The Test Pressing group was established to give student dancers, a taste of making a contemporary dance work in a professional context, and a performative experience that is different to eisteddfods or on a traditional stage. Aged between 16 and 19, the student dancers were guided by choreographer Claire Marshall in many aspects of making a contemporary dance work.

This, the first project for Test Pressing was called “Extract”. It was a 42-minute immersive contemporary dance work performed by five students of Mill Street Studios. The piece was inspired by exploring memories triggered by a specific space. For the dancers, this saw them drawing on various memories of Mill Street Studios and explored themes of hierarchy, acceptance, pressure, anxiety in a dance class environment.

The agenda for the audience is the first day of classes, and the characters emerge around the audience as the story unfolds.

Choreographer Claire Marshall worked in the “immersive dance” formula she established making her immersive works SlowDive, Video Set, Hey Scenester. Claire mentored the students in various aspects of making a dance show including marketing, ticketing, promotion, costuming, sound, and (very DIY) lighting and stagecraft.

This video shows a few snippets of the 42-minute work performed on the 2nd of December 2017 at Mill Street Studios in Goodna, Qld.

Here’s a few photos of  our 4th annual recial that occurred at the Ipswich Civic Centre on Saturday the 16th of December 2017. Thanks to Gemma Blake for these incredible photographs!

This year we had a special combined level ballet piece with 70 students in it (choreographed by Miss Ebony who teaches classical technique).

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In 2017 we launched a few new classes including “Company Class” – an additional classical technique class which saw the students have a plethora of special guest teachers in to work with them over the year. This item was presented as documentary style, and included footage of class work and the guest teachers, as well as live performance sections intergrated with the projection.


We had a snippet from the Test Pressing showing which was 2 weeks prior to the recital. Test Pressing is  a contemporary project group based around experience a taste of contemporary dance in a “professional dance” context. They performed a wall phrase section and some pas de deux work.

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We had a variety of contemporary dance items (one with some audience participation):
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And we had one longer 18 minute contemporary piece that the senior students (14-19 years) performed.
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We even had a class this year called “Dance Mum 101” – a class for dance parents of students. The piece was set in the 1980’s.
MS7-02801MS7-02871The Dance Mum 101’s rocked this!
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There was five exciting new jazz items by Miss Sarah, and one by Michael Edge.
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There was some great new tap items by Miss Gemma:

There was some super cute tinies who did a tremendous job dancing on stage:

We had musical theatre items, and singing, and an acting for screen reel projected too.MS7-03938MS7-02677
There was four acro-tastic items by Mr Will

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We had two  hip hop items by Matty B:
There was also a selection of new repertoir items that the performance groups have learnt in 2017:
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We had 2 soloist perform in the recital this year: Zion:
And Imogen (who performed her own choreography as selected from our annual choreography competition)

The recital conculded with a finale and a few thanks. MS7-04710MS7-00011A
We farewelled 2017 and the Ipswich Civic Centre (until we return in 2018).
Our 2018 enrolment day is on Saturday the 13th of January 2018 at Mill Street Studios. It’s going to be an exciting year of dance ahead!