St Mary's student and dancer Emily Brooks with her dance teacher Jessica Cunningham.
St Mary's student and dancer Emily Brooks with her dance teacher Jessica Cunningham. Madeline Grace

Student dances with pros at world-renowned city studio

KINGAROY student Emily Brooks has just spent a week studying at the world-renowned Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane.

The Saint Mary's Catholic College student was able to attend a winter intensive workshop with the dance studio after being granted a bursary from the Empire Theatre Toowoomba Youth Bursary Foundation.

Her arts and dance teacher Jessica Cunningham said she was proud of the talented dancer.

Emily said it was the trip of a lifetime and she learnt a lot from the week-long workshop during the school holidays.

"I had a lot of fun and it was a really great experience,” she said.

"I loved being able to learn something that I hadn't looked into ever before.

"The experience really opened my eyes to the possibilities there are in the dance industry.”

St Mary's student Emily Brooks was blessed with a bursaryfrom the Empire Theatre Toowoomba Youth Bursary Foundation.
St Mary's student Emily Brooks has been granted a bursary from the Empire Theatre Toowoomba Youth Bursary Foundation. Mapogallery Photography

While in Brisbane, Emily studied the theme of 'dance film' which involved learning and performing the studio's current repertoire, including Matrix and Deeper Than Ink.

"This was invaluable for Emily, experiencing a week in the life of a professional dancer, training intensively from 9am to 5pm,” Ms Cunningham said.

"Her training consisted of contemporary and ballet technique classes as well as smaller theory workshops to develop a greater understanding of contemporary.

"This was an incredible experience for Emily to participate in and it's wonderful to see her career as a dancer blossom.” 

Emily will graduate from St Mary's at the end of this year and said she planned to stay in Kingaroy and work as a dance teacher.

"I'm going to hang around for a bit, get some more experience and then maybe when the right dance opportunity comes up I'll move on,” she said.