Red carpet rolled out for Bendigo dance school celebration

THE red carpet was laid out recently for the celebration concert of local dance school, Sharon Saunders Dancers. 

This year marks the school’s 21st anniversary and to commemorate the milestone, the dancers staged a Hollywood-themed concert for their families and friends. 

Founder Sharon Saunders said a lot of preparation had gone into putting on the November 24 performance. 

“We had an awesome time and it was very entertaining,” she said. “Everyone likes a fast-moving show and we all enjoyed it.”

Mrs Saunders said she had always loved to dance and on moving to Bendigo in 1988 she found a gap in the area for aspiring dancers to go and learn. 

The solution was simple.

“I had my first child and was missing dancing, so I decided to open up a dance studio,” she said. 

“It was a bit of fun. I didn’t think it would last this long.

“I have girls that have danced with me for more than 15 years – it is like a family.”

Mrs Saunders said she first opened in Marong, using the space in the town hall, before expanding to Kangaroo Flat in 1999. 

Mrs Saunders said her school offered a range of dance styles, including ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. 

She said the school now had more than 120 dancers.

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