Dakota's world beating spectacular performance
DAKOTA Mundine has seen the lights of the School Spectacular every year she's attended South Grafton High School, but her last year was one she'll remember forever.
Dakota, who completed her HSC this year, made the trip to Sydney with eight other students from the school to be in the Aboriginal dance ensemble, and was selected with classmate Chelsea Dwyer to be part of the Bangarra Dance Theatre Company B section of the show, and said everything about the show was on a different level.
"It was really big, it's the first year we've had it at Olympic Park rather than the Sydney Entertinament Centre,” she said.
"For the first three days it was rehearsals just over and over we'd dance for six hours straight.”
Dakota's dance was performed to Yothu Yindi's seminal piece "Treaty”, making it more special for her.
"It's the 25 year anniversary for that song and land rights and it's a big thing for the Aboriginal community in Australia,” she said.
Dakota joined the entire cast on stage in the finale, and is now part of an official world record for the largest amateur variety show cast, and said that while the performance was amazing, it was the people she was beside that made it even better.
"Every single person from every performance were out on stage together, but the crowd get so into it it was so great,” she said.
"The other performers.... we always become close and make lots of friends. To perform is the best feeling, but to do it with the friends you make is just awesome.
"It's my last year, but it was the best year. I'm going to miss it so much so it's cool that I'll always have these memories.”