St Stephen’s School Dance Company was inspired by this year’s theme of isolation in the Act-Belong-Commit Yoh Fest. The team competed against entries from across WA via online submission. Dancers developed choreography for their performance before filming the piece for the competition. Year 12 Bella Beech and Year 8 Olivia Dunn chat about dancing in The Dance Company and competing in Yoh Fest below:
Describe the YOH Fest dance entry.
Olivia: The theme was isolation, so we kind of had an idea that we couldn’t be together asa team because we were all in quarantine, I guess. It was a lyrical so it had to have a lot of emotion.
Bella: We had to fit under the theme of isolation, so there’s individual parts in our dance and then we all come together, like we’ve all spent our time in isolation now we’ve come back together as one.
Which routine is your favourite?
Olivia: I like all of them because they all have something to them. But my favourite would probably either be the Janet Jackson one which is like a commercial hiphop jazz, or the Broadway.
Bella: I like them all but I think I like the Janet Jackson one because it’s very ‘90s inspired, very cool and urban.
What is your favourite dance style?
Olivia: It kind of depends on what my mood is, if I’m feeling really energetic it would probably be jazz, hip hop, acro, but I also do lyrical and contemporary.
Bella: I’ve always been an acro dancer, but in the last couple of years I’ve been a lot more into contemporary and lyrical modern dances.
What do you love about dance?
Olivia: It makes me happy and it can help me, even if I’m feeling sad, it always cheers me up. It’s really fun, I’ve made a lot of new friends, I’ve learned a lot of things and I’ve gained a lot of experience from it.
Bella: It’s always a time to just let go of anything that’s happening. Everything’s behind you, it’s just a time to have fun with your friends. You get to meet so many people from different age groups, people that you wouldn’t normally meet in a school classroom. And the fitness part is just the added bonus.