Local dancer US bound

AT the tender age of 12, Deanna Kelly is already a veteran shopper.

She loves going downtown and browsing through the stores before selecting her purchases.

But shopping in the mega-malls of the United States when she visits in September with the Killarney School of Dance performance troupe will no doubt be a vastly different experience to shopping in the Warwick CBD.

“I expect the malls and shops will be massive,” the Year 8 Assumption College student said.

“Even the place we stay will be bigger than anything I’ve experienced.”

Deanna has plenty of dance experience. She’s been dancing for seven years, five of them with KSD, and has been with the performance group for four years.

She took up funk this year but also learns jazz, ballet and contemporary dance during the 10 hours a week she spends at the studio.

She loves competing in eisteddfods and is looking forward to learning new techniques at workshops the troupe will attend at Hollywood and Disneyland.

“We’re apparently dancing at an ice hockey game,” she said.

“I’m sure they’ll have a floor for us as I don’t think we’ll know much about dancing on ice.”

Like many Aussies, Deanna is more comfortable around melted ice; this month she was runner-up for her age group at her school swimming carnival.


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