Dance Writer’s first interstate ambassador Georgia Lane, 18, has a dream to keep dance alive by aiming to promote and support regional dance in Australia.
Bundaberg born-and-bred Georgia Lane has been dancing since she was five-years-old. Her younger sister Chelsea is also a proud ambassador for Dance Writer. Both girls train at Bundaberg Dance Academy (BDA) in various styles—all of which they adore.
“I love Classical because it is highly structured and there is only one correct way to dance it,” Georgia said. “Despite loving ballet for its execution, I also adore other styles of dance—such as lyrical and tap—because you can be more free and expressive through them.”
“Definitely a strength of mine is having the ability to critique myself and adjusting my mistakes in the mirror,” she added.
Georgia and her sister were the first selected ambassadors for Dance Writer ever, hoping to help bring Queensland dance into the spotlight.
“I’m really excited to be an ambassador for Dance Writer! This is something Australia needs. We are moving in the right direction in terms of gaining a reputation for having a fantastic dance industry here, but we are still getting swallowed by America and Europe—countries that are heavily funded in the Arts!” Georgia told Dance Writer.
Bundaberg is a large regional city located in Northern Queensland. With a population of more than 70,000 and rapidly growing, it seems incredible for the city to have almost 10 competitive dance schools with up to hundreds of students enrolled.
“It is just crazy how much dance in regional Queensland has grown. We have eight dance studios here in Bundaberg, which proves how vast it is. Not being a big city makes it hard to keep up with the metro cities, but we are definitely not that far behind,” Georgia explained.
Her hometown—famous for its ‘Bundy’ brewed drinks and extensive sugar crops—hosts many dance festivals and performing arts shows throughout the year, including Bundaberg Dance Festival and the Bundaberg Restricted Eisteddfod. Georgia has competed and performed in many eisteddfods over the years and has even had the opportunity to study Dance as a subject in her secondary schooling, contributing to her Overall Position score (the equivalent of an ATAR). Her school even took her to New York City, where she took part in contemporary classes at Alvin Ailey and jazz classes at Steps and Broadway Dance Centre.
Georgia, now out of high school is considering what career path to take. As an advocate for the idea that full-time dance training establishments could potentially offer loans to pursue dance professionally, Georgia believes many regional dancers would jump at such an opportunity. However, this concept is just not a reality yet. She hopes by the time her sister graduates from school, the full-time schools will offer this financial incentive.
Georgia teaches contemporary, recreational and young children classes at her dance studio plus instructs many soloists. Her love of choreography is something she hopes to pursue later in her life. She recently won the Senior Tap Award at her studio plus had the pleasure of seeing her choreography up on the big stage. It has been a big year for her, but there is much more to come in her future.
“I hope that I can definitely still be teaching and choreographing after dancing. Just to be involved in dance somehow is what I want. I just can’t imagine not being connected to dance.”