Leeton High School's Madison Teerman, Emika Gooley and Charlotte Morschel selected in the 2018 State Dance Ensemble

LEETON High School’s Madison Teerman, Emika Gooley and Charlotte Morschel have got the moves and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. 

The trio recently tried out for the state dance ensemble, which performs at the Schools Spectacular and State Dance Festival events each year. 

All three were chosen to take part in what is a testament to their dancing talents and abilities. 

The ensemble program provides tuition and performance experiences, which complement and extend individual school and regional dance ensembles programs. 

It is open to students from years 7 to 12 in public schools from across NSW who can’t attend weekly rehearsals in Sydney. 

Successful students participate in dance training and rehearse dance works created for them during four weekend workshops held in Sydney.

Each of the three girls already spend hours each week on the dance floor at their respective studios in Leeton, learning their craft and perfecting their moves. 

All three would also like to have a future in the dance world once they finish school. 

For Madison and Emika, it is their second time being selected in the ensemble, with Charlotte joining them for the first time. 

Madison is also waiting to hear back as to whether or not she has been selected as a featured performer for Schools Spectacular. 


“I just love everything about dancing … it’s really fun,” she said. 

“Through the State Dance Ensemble you get to meet a lot of people and make new friends.”

Each of the three young ladies have enjoyed a love of dance from an early age. 

“I’ve been dancing for a long time,” the year 8 student said. 

“I don’t think I have a favourite (genre). I like all of them. 

“I was pretty surprised when I found out I had made it. It’s pretty cool.”

In order to audition for the ensemble, dancers are required to create a video of a routine and send it in for selection. 

Emika was excited to again be taking part and couldn’t wipe the smile from her face. 

“I was so happy when I found out,” she said. 

“Dancing is the best. It can be a lot of hard work, but I love it. 

“I think it’s going to be really fun (in the ensemble with Madison and Charlotte.”

The group will now be required to rehearse both in their own time and at the specified weekends in Sydney. 

However, the idea of practice makes perfect doesn’t faze the trio. 

“We’ll be performing in front of really big crowds,” Madison said. 


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