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Coasting : Issue 2 2009
12 By DAVID STEWART So she canDANCE A USTRALIA is about to see a whole lot more of Central Coast dancer Amy Campbell. The fi nalist in this year’s So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) series on Channel 10 is currently on the road with the SYTYCD Australia Live Tour 2009. But the Narara girl can’t wait to pour her considerable energies into more projects. “I’m going to audition my butt off. I’m prepared to do anything to chase my crazy dance dream,” Campbell, 25, told Coasting. Even before her appearance on the TV show, Campbell’s life revolved around dance. She had her fi rst professional gig at age 15, when she performed in Singapore. And chasing her dance dream had taken her to New York, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and Puerto Rico. She also toured with the Australian production of the hit stage musical Saturday Night Fever. More musicals and choreography are now high on Campbell’s to-do list. DREAM DANCER: The world beckons, but Amy Campbell says she will always call the Central Coast home. Pic by Jonathan Carroll “But I’m also going to do some workshops on the Central Coast with some of the other contestants from the show [SYTYCD], so that we can share some of what we know with dancers on the Central Coast,” she said. Campbell’s interest in dance was fi rst sparked at age 3 when she tagged along with older sisters Melanie (now 27) and Cassandra (now 35) when they went to dance classes. “I got into dancing because my two sisters were going along to ballet classes and I really didn’t want to miss out. I got addicted pretty much straight away,” Campbell said. “But I realised very early on in my career that I was not going to be a ballerina because I actually used to wear my leotard backwards to class, which was pretty embarrassing,” she laughed. Campbell attended St Joseph’s Girls High School at East Gosford, and fi nished her secondary education at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. And when she wasn’t dancing before, during or after school, Campbell was taking drama and piano lessons, or running around playing netball or hockey. “I didn’t just limit my passion to dancing. I always tried to keep a balance with other interests, as well,” she recalls. Soon after completing year 12 Campbell co-wrote and produced Downtown, a 1960s review, and Straight Up Rogue, a Rat Pack review which enjoyed a return season at Laycock Street Theatre. As part of her touring commitments with the SYTYCD Australia Live Tour 2009, Campbell has set up home temporarily in Sydney. “Wouldn’t you rather deal with a Good Guy” BRUCE TALBOT THE COAST’S ORIGINAL DISCOUNT WAREHOUSE THE GOOD GUYS I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again “WE WON’T BE BEATEN ON PRICE.” “WE MEAN IT!” WE W WE WONT BE BEATEN ON... T BE BEATEN ON... • PLASMA & LCD’S • HOME THEATRE • SMALL APPLIANCES • HEATERS • WASHERS • FRIDGES • FREEZERS • DRYERS • DISHWASHERS • COOKTOPS • OVENS • HOME OFFICE • PHONES • DVD RECORDERS • MICROWAVES • DIGITAL CAMERAS • AIR CONDITIONERS Conditions Apply. See In-store for details. PAY LESS P BRUCE TALBOT THE GOOD GUYS DISCOUNT WAREHOUSES TRADING TRADING HOURS LESS PAY CASH ERINA CASH c8554159-4Jun 30 KARALTA ROAD 30 KARALTA ROAD 4367 0244 firstname.lastname@example.org MON-WED: 8.30am - 5pm THURS: 8.30am - 8.30pm FRI: 8.30am - 5pm MON-WED: 9.00am - 5.00pm THURS: 9.00am - 9.00pm FRI: 9.00am - 5.00pm SAT: 9am - 5pm SUN: 10am - 4pm 120% ADVERTISED PRICE WE WILL REFUND IF YOU FIND A LOWER OFF THE DIFFERENCE*OF THE DIFFERENCE*
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