45+ GALLERY: Mitchell dancers give us a twirl
AFTER months of coronavirus restrictions, the Mitchell dance studio were getting itchy feet.
Dance teacher Rileigh Lawson said all the kids were itching to get back onto the dance floor.
"You could tell they were all just so cooped up in their houses for so long," she said.
"We tried to keep dancing going when we were shut so we had competitions on Facebook, and they sent in videos of themselves dancing.
"We tried to brighten the mood and keep their spirits high and a bit friendly competition doesn't hurt."
For $8 a class, with $2 going towards costumes, kids can try their hand at ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz or contemporary on a Monday or Tuesday night at the Mitchell RSL hall.
"We just wanted to give the kids something to do in town so it's not too expensive for parents and it ensures they're not travelling in Roma for anything," dance teacher Rhiannon Lawson said.
"And when we started our first year and had over 60 kids show up, we knew the community needed this."
Some kids are travelling close to 100km to bust a move.
"We have kids come from Morven and Dunkeld so it's a good way for them to meet friends as their schools are quite small," Rileigh said.
"The girls that come from Dunkeld, they actually live past that town so their only social interaction would be the schools so it's really good to have them here.
"Our dancers in Mitchell go to school together but because there's two different schools in town, it's nice to see some of the kids come together through dance."
Rhiannon said it's been a little bit of a challenge trying to get the littlies to understand the concept of 'social distancing'.
"We have to follow a range of COVID Safe rules - using sanitiser, entering one door and out the other, telling them they can't hold hands.
"The little ones were just so excited to get back out and dance, they just keep touching each other, they just love it."
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