Dancer Stephanie Manitzky.
Dancer Stephanie Manitzky. Tom Huntley

Dance is my life, says Gladstone girl Stephanie

"IT'S my life basically."

That sentiment by 15-year-old Stephanie Manitzky shows her passion for dance.

The Gladstone girl, who hopes to turn her talent into a career, started dancing at five years old as her parents thought it might help with her confidence.

"It's definitely helped my confidence," she said, adding she had made a lot of friends along the way.

"I love dancing. It's so relaxing."

Stephanie dances ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary - the latter she has been dancing for six to seven years and is her favourite style.

"You can really express yourself and you get to let your body go," she said of the style.

Stephanie takes classes under Michelle Bucci at Danceography since Michelle opened her studio last year and credits her teacher for her improvement and advice.

"We did group numbers in the (Gladstone) eisteddfod last year. I did a few solos as well," she said.

"I love performing on stage."

Stephanie also teaches kinder and beginner classes at Danceography.

"It's really hard to switch between teaching and being in class."

She said when she gets back into class she has to make a conscious effort not to correct the other dancers.

On top of eight to nine hours of dance a week and school, she attends Toolooa SHS, Stephanie is kept busy undertaking sports acrobatic gymnastics with Gladstone Gymnastics Club.

She has been doing the sport for about two years and said there was cross-over between sports acrobatics and dance that was helpful but she also had to be careful not to let certain bad habits cross over. "You get to meet lots of new people…it builds up a lot of strength," Stephanie said of the sport.

This year Stephanie is looking forward to expanding her dance experience and entering more competitions

"I'm going to go for a few auditions this year," she said.

"I'm always up for a challenge."

Dancer Stephanie Manitzky.
Dancer Stephanie Manitzky. Tom Huntley


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