Breathtaking dancers take out local talent quest

Sally Alden

Quirindi’s iconic community theatre, the Royal Theatre was yet again packed to capacity on Saturday night, as finalists in the Talent Quest North West took to the stage.

A juggler, banjo player, flautist, drummer, gymnasts, singers and dancers of all ages were included in the 14 act line-up.

People travelled from across the region, including Gunnedah, Nundle, Werris Creek, Willow Tree, and Tamworth to cheer on their favourite performance.

Marking a point in history, the first time since the 2011 inception of the talent quest, dancers took out the winner’s title.

Erica Lawrence (Choreographer/dancer/instructor) and dancer Hannah Gunning from Encore Dance Duo, stole the hearts of the crowd and first place from the judges their breathtaking dance performance to the ‘Katy Perry’ song ‘Titanium’ and taking home the $1,000 first place prizemoney.

The duo, performed the emotive and engaging routine to the highest possible standards and were graceful, engaging and popular winners of first place.

Both Erica and Hannah have performed in previous years of the local talent quest, with Erica also instructing junior dance troops in this and former years.

Erica said it was a surprise to win the event and wonderful to be locally acknowledged for all the hard work she and Hannah dedicate to the performance art of dancing.

“Each and every person that participated as part of the talent quest deserves encouragement for following their passion and being brave enough to perform onstage in front of a large crowd of people,” said Erica.

“I would also like to thank all of the organisers, volunteers, judges and sponsors who give so much so that we as performers have the opportunity to showcase our skills and build our confidence in public performance,” continued the much admired local dance instructor.
Second place getter, Chloe Nott from Tamworth wowed the crowd with her fast paced and engaging banjo skills. Often seen busking on Tamworth’s Peel Street the young dynamo had a wonderful time on stage in Quirindi.

In a blur of drumsticks and rhythm, third placegetter, Sammy Jackson displayed his outstanding percussion skills performing a drum solo – written just prior to going onstage – that took the audience on an oral and visual journey of fascination and delight.

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