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Valerie Heston School of Dancing Revue 2011

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Each year the performance is bigger and better. The Valerie Heston School of Dancing presents 'Revue 2011' - a show that could not possibly disappoint.

Exhibiting real dancing, talent and performing that would make contestants on 'So You Think You Can Dance' cringe and possibly not audition the following year.

Running annually at ManPac (Mandurah Performing Arts Centre) in November since 2002, the Revue aims to please and does not rule out anyone in its open demographic. From the elderly to the very young, from families to couples from women and men; this show has something to please all.

Whether you like adorable youngsters from the age of three performing songs like 'Bananas in Pyjamas' or the very cute nine-year-olds' performing 'Pookie Doodle', dressed up as little puppy dogs or a feisty 7-year-old young man storming the dance floor with his 'Moves like Jagger' while his fellow female dancers swoon over him. There are items for everybody.

From hip-hop dancing to ballet and the old to the very newest chart-topping hits, Revue 2011 makes you want to adopt all the youngest children as they come out of their gingerbread house.

The elegant rendition of 'Bleeding Love' from Valerie Heston's seniors is so exquisite and beautifully choreographed by the talented Paula as there is not a single dancer out of synch. A gruelling task I am sure for the master teachers of nine year olds who put on a performance that would shame dancers a lot older than themselves.

Dancing Teachers
L-R: Paula Nicoletto, Margaret Stasinowksy, Kerryl Gill, Kirsty Goncalves and Delray Newman

Even the children with special needs get the limelight as they rock 'Surfin USA' and a Michael Jackson medley.

Although it's clear that the open troupe shine so brightly, the 16-years and under age bracket are closely nipping at their heels as they own Adele's 'Chasing Pavements' in an elegant fashion.

The costumes really pop under the stage light and vibrant backdrop colours. From the little girls in their tutus to young women in corsets performing burlesque, 50s rock n roll and stunningly beautiful costumes in general, 2011 is not only a feast for the soul and ears, but the eyes as well.

Valerie Heston's School of Dancing was established in 1954 and consists of 350-400 students all committed to making each end of year Revue bigger and better than the last. And since the passing of their founder in 2008, Valerie Heston's School of Dancing has maintained its dedication to excellence and professionalism and despite the hard work exhibited throughout the year, everybody just has fun.

Kerryl choreographs a lot of the items but there are also some other shining stars; such as her son Jeremy who choreographs a lot of the hip hop dances and is an avid hip hop dancer himself.

Although numbers of females are by far the largest, they do not entirely dominate for there are some excellent standout male performances and some very good male performers also.

Whether it's the youngest children all coming out in a line and getting backed up since someone in the line has stopped to wave at their mum in the audience, or they just forget what to do and step aside watching everybody else there is no competition.

There will be no punishment if something is not done right. The children are encouraged to have fun through dancing and performing. They are encouraged to participate whether they are tall, small, fat, skinny or have a disability; and that's what a school of dance ought to be. Where no-one is left behind or left out.

The 14-year-old girls enter the stage with a suited-up dummy strapped to them to exhibit a ballroom dancing segment and do a damn fine job but it is comical the whole way the girls seem to enjoy themselves immensely.

Whether you are old or young or anyone really at any stage of your life, there is something for you.

Running annually in November at ManPac you can purchase your tickets through the website or the box office by contacting them on 9550 3900. Or visit the centre in person.

Don't miss out on a fantastic and wonderful, entertaining show. Invite your friends and family or give them tickets for an early Christmas present in 2012.

This writer will be there, I assure you, for good, wholesome entertainment and many smiles and much laughter.

Alternatively for information on the dancing school based in Myaree or queries about enrolment, please contact Kerryl on 0413 525 372 or email your enquiries to There are also branches now in Beeliar and Palmyra.

What: Valerie Heston School of Dancing presents "Revue"
Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
When: November annually
Duration: 3 hours including interval

What: Valerie Heston School of Dancing
Where: 1/13 Malland Street, Myaree
Contact: Kerryl Gill 0413 525 372 or

Dancing squad
A number of the senior students with the teachers
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Why? Valerie Heston School of Dancing presents
When: November annually
Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
Your Comment
What a great review - it was an awesome concert & entertaining for all ages... Even if your daughter/grand daughter/ friend is not on the stage xxxx
by Beeja (score: 0|4) 3464 days ago
the feisty young man dancing is my son Seth... he moves so much better than his sister Shevorne was in the Bollywood numbers in the lime green looking stunning as ever...very proud of both my kids and proud to part of VHSD...Elke
by elkew (score: 0|4) 3463 days ago
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