BACKSTAGE: Hannah Henderson, Brooke Smith and Makailei Bath pose in their costumes.
BACKSTAGE: Hannah Henderson, Brooke Smith and Makailei Bath pose in their costumes. Contributed

Littlies find their feet

TINY dancers from Biloela are making their way across the stage at the Bundaberg Festival of Dance this week.

The nine girls and two boys, students with Karla's Dance Collective, travelled to Bundaberg last Wednesday to compete in their first major competition.

"We have competed in smaller competitions like the one in Biloela and in Rocky and Gladstone but this is our first major one,” Karla said.

The dancers have been practising and rehearsing long hours and on Tuesday had some good results.

"They have all done really well with lots of placings,” Karla said.

"We have had a couple of thirds, couple of seconds and some highly commendeds.”

For Karla, watching her students perform on stage comes with mixed feelings.

"It is so nerve-wracking watching them but I love it,” she said.

"It is exhausting but so worth it.”

Delisa-Jane Schwerin and Holly Millwood, both 14, have found a passion for dancing.

"Being on stage is nerve-wracking, exhilarating and free,” they said.

"We love being on stage to entertain the audience and impress the adjudicator.”

For 11-year-old Shana Millwood, dancing comes naturally.

"I started dancing because I loved watching my sister and other dancers on stage,” Shana said. "I have always loved to dance on stage and perform.”

Being able to travel around to dance eisteddfods and festivals has given the children the opportunity to make lifelong friends.

"They kids love it, they love travelling around and they are making dance friends everywhere,” Karla said.

"A lot of the same kids travel around to the same festivals and they have all started to make a lot of good dancing friends.”

The dancers wouldn't be able to get anywhere if wasn't for the help of their family.

"Their parents are just awesome, they drive them all everywhere,” Karla said.

"We will be straight back into it, rehearsing every night for the next seven days getting ready for the next competition in Rockhampton.''