GOING SOLO: Dancer Stephanie Manitzky.
GOING SOLO: Dancer Stephanie Manitzky. Tom Huntley

Gladstone talent Stephanie places second for cabaret solo

LOCAL dancer Stephanie Manitzky found competing at the Bundaberg Festival of Dance a motivating experience.

The 15-year-old, who takes classes and helps teach at Michelle Bucci's Danceography studio, placed second at the festival for her cabaret solo.

It was Stephanie's first year competing at the Bundaberg event and she also performed solos for ballet, contemporary, slow-modern and demi-character.

The cabaret solo was originally Stephanie's jazz solo at last year's Gladstone City Eisteddfod, but she said she also performed a lot of new solos at the competition.

"It was such a good experience down in Bundy, the standard was so high," she said.

"It was just much bigger than Gladstone competitions.''

Stephanie said seeing all the talent at the competition, particularly the dancers from full-time dance school Sunshine Coast Academy of Performing Arts, has provided her a new standard to push herself to.

Also competing in a number of solos at the festival from Danceography was 12-year-old Delaney Burke. Stephanie said it was nice having someone else at the competition from the same studio so they could support each other.

Looking to the future Stephanie, who aspires to become a professional dancer, said there were plenty of competitions in the second half of the year in which she wanted to perform.



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