Students take on the ASPIRE Create Choreographic Program

Dancers from Catholic schools across the Diocese were given the professional treatment during the ASPIRE Create Choreographic Program.

Held in collaboration with Catapult Dance Company, the week-long ASPIRE Create Choreographic Program saw 29 dancers from 13 diocesan schools experience for themselves what it would be like to be a part of a professional dance company.

Students practiced their skills, learned difficult chorography and prepared for performances from 9am to 3pm each day.

Catering from students from Years 4 to 10, the week’s program consisted of a two-day intensive program for juniors and a three-day intensive for seniors.

The junior group enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Catapult Artistic Director Cadi McCarthy. The students created an eight-minute routine which was then performed in front of family members who, no doubt, were highly impressed with students’ talents.

The seniors were taught by Israeli choreographer Omer Backley- Astrachan. They worked on their floor work and fluidity before producing a technically complex and compelling performance.

Throughout the week Omer reminded students that even though people often describe dance as work they should never treat it as such.

He encouraged them to enjoy all opportunities presented to them over the coming days and throughout their career.

To find out more about ASPIRE, visit their website.