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AILSA NORMAN

The Inverell Times

10/02/2009

 

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CALEB Hamilton and Jay Tickle are proving one move at a time that dancing is no longer the realm of little girls in tutus.

Jay has been dancing for five years.

“I got into dance when my little brother started doing dance and didn’t like being on stage, I took over and that’s how it started.”

Jay has danced at many festivals and was given the massive honour of being asked to dance at Capers high school festival last year while still in primary school. He will also be attending the State Boys Dance Camp with the Sydney Dance Company later this year.

Ten-year-old Caleb has been dancing for two years, in which time he has tried his hand at many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary and said his favourite styles to dance were ballet and tap.

Caleb started dancing after watching dancers at the Inverell Eisteddfod and deciding it was time for him to give it a go.

“It looked like so much fun and I wanted to try so I’ve been dancing for two years now.”

Both Jay and Caleb are the recipients of scholarships for dance, with Jay receiving a scholarship from Macintyre High School, and Caleb receiving a $300 scholarship from the SCDA.

The boys’ teacher, and owner of SCDA, Miss Rolande said she was pleased to see interest in dancing from boys growing each year.

“When Jay started he was the only boy enrolled here, there are eight boys dancing with us this year, thanks in part to Jay’s skill and strong personality.

“Boys are now seeing that dancing is not just for girls, male dancers are strong and masculine and it is a great way to keep fit.”

 

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