Dance and Performing Arts Studio celebrates 40th end of year concert

Young dancers will perform in the 40th annual concert this weekend.

VALLEY Performing Arts Centre (VPAC) will open the doors on its 40th annual end of year concert this weekend.

Allison Launt began her own dance studio in Nambucca Heads in 1984 under the name of Allison Launt Dancers.

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In 2012 she changed the studio’s name to Valley Performing Arts Centre (VPAC) and moved the business to a location in the heart of Macksville in Princess Street where it resides to this day.

A fixture in the lives of so many Nambucca Valley residents for four decades, Ms Allison’s name has become synonymous with high quality dancers and her gentle, inclusive approach to teaching keeps her students returning year after year from primary school right through to the last week of high school.

Currently the school has around 120 students from ages two to seventeen years and the concert will showcase the abilities of her beginners right through to advanced students.

Past students have gone on to enter careers and further study in performing arts all over the state and beyond.

The studio has two show groups.

The Senior Show Group competes at eisteddfods all around the state and performs at local events.

They will be showcasing all their routines for the year at the weekend’s concert.

The Junior Show Group will be performing for the first time ever and features dancers from ages ten to twelve.

The studio offers tuition in musical theatre as well as an impressive array of dance styles from tap and jazz through to traditional ballet and acrobatics.

The theme of this year’s concert is ‘Illuminate’ and Ms Allison hopes to shine a light on all the students’ achievements and showcase their hard work throughout the year.

“The end of year concert is the highlight of a dancer’s calendar and as their teacher, it’s what I’ve been working towards all year.

“It’s always amazing to see how far they have come and to see their confidence grow and personalities blossom,” Ms Allison told News Of The Area.

There will be four performances at the Nambucca Heads High School Auditorium.

On both Saturday 9 December and Sunday 10 December a matinee will run from 12.30pm and in the evening from 6.30 pm.

Contact the centre for ticketing information.


Some of the senior dancers at the Valley Performing Arts Centre who will be performing at the Illuminate Concert.

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