A showcase of dance from Mount Isa's DiLi - Dream It Live It

ON SHOW: Local dance school DiLi - Dream It Live It is thriving in its first year, and celebrates with a showcase this Saturday at Mount Isa Civic Centre. Photo: supplied
ON SHOW: Local dance school DiLi - Dream It Live It is thriving in its first year, and celebrates with a showcase this Saturday at Mount Isa Civic Centre. Photo: supplied

Shaking what their mummas gave them in quick succession this Saturday are the starlets of Mount Isa success story ‘Dream It Live It’ dance school.

Sally Prendergast says DiLi’s first ever showcase is not your regular dance school exhibit. There is no story or a theme, just a showcase of what DiLi has to offer.

“We’re keeping it really fun, really light and fast-moving for the audience, showcasing a good mix of what we offer at DiLi,” Ms Prendergast said.

That includes ballet, tap, hip-hop, and acro dance; a mixture of acrobatics/gymnastics and dance.

A group of shiny young DiLi dancers after their performance at Mount Isa Health Expo earlier this year. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

A group of shiny young DiLi dancers after their performance at Mount Isa Health Expo earlier this year. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

“Acro dance has been super popular and booked out really quickly this year. Next year we hope to offer more classes, as we are already booked out a whole class for next year,” she said.

In fact classes have been booking out across the board for DiLi, which just celebrated its first anniversary.

Additional classes have been opening up for each style as wait lists fill up. 

“I’ve expanded the timetable a bit to give more age groups the opportunity to become a part of the DiLi family,” Ms Prendergast said.

Sally Prendergast teaches a class of tiny dancers in Mount Isa. Photo: supplied

Sally Prendergast teaches a class of tiny dancers in Mount Isa. Photo: supplied

On Saturday, December 2, from 2pm at the Civic Centre, kinderdance begins the showcase with a cuter than cute show of movement outcomes and learning outcomes from the 3 – 4-year-olds.

At that age, Ms Prendergast said some of them will love dancing on stage, and some of them will take the opportunity to wave at the audience.

“They are very unpredictable in that age group. But it is going to be very cute,” she said.

“I love any opportunity for the kids to get on stage and really showcase how far they’ve come.

“Gradually they free themselves up to go for it in every performance. I love seeing them let go and really enjoy the performance.”

“I am excited to see them do that more; to not care what anyone thinks, to own it and go for it in their performance and have a heap of fun while they’re doing it.”

Sally is also trying a fresh approach in the form of a collaboration with Mount Isa Irish Dancers for the end of year occasion.

“As small businesses working together we are so much stronger and it’s a great community feeling, so I’m really excited about that partnership,” Ms Prendergast said.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $14 for children from the Civic Centre, phone 07 4747 3300 or www.mietv.com.au.