Dance students test their mettle

DOMINIC College’s elective dance students put their best foot forward when they enjoyed considerable success at the annual Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfod.

The two Dominic College teams – a year eight and a year nine and 10 group – tackled the All Schools Educational section, which saw a strong selection of 12 groups compete from six schools.

Going up against the best of the best of Hobart’s independent schools, including those studying dance for their TCE, the Dominic College year nine and 10 troupe took out equal first place.

Dominic College director of creative arts K-10 Mike O’Brien said the year nine and 10 troupe were “outstanding.”

“They had developed a haunting and sophisticated contemporary lyrical routine that utilised the strengths and capabilities of both the boys and girls in the class,” he said.

The younger group of year eight students received a “Highly Commended” award for their energetic and vibrant routine to You Can’t Stop the Beat from the popular musical Hairspray.

Judging feedback received for both teams praised the students as “polished, well-rehearsed and cleverly utilising the diversity and strength of their dancers.”

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan attributed the success of both classes to student commitment and the quality of their teacher, Jenina Evans.

Ms Evans, founder and principal of the highly successful Jenina’s Dance Workshop (JDW), has been teaching dance at Dominic College since 2015 in a partnership agreement between the school and JDW.

“On top of their solid technical work, the students were emotionally connected to the routines and to each other and Jenina set the bar high for our students,” Ms Gilligan said.

“Jenina is an outstanding dance teacher and the quality and originality of her choreography is unmatched.”

Potential stars of the future were highlighted on the eisteddfod’s final night award ceremony, where Dominic College year six student Zoelle Lin was awarded the eisteddfod’s Neo-classical Intermediate Prize and year seven student Laura Ackerley was awarded the Outstanding Soloist Trophy.

The performances of both classes can be viewed on Dominic College’s YouTube channel at

Caption: Dominic College’s year nine and 10 elective dance class. Photo credit: Michael Webb.

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