Channelling their nerves into energy was the key for dancers in the solo jazz improvisation – 11 and 12 years on Thursday.
The section asked dancers to create a routine on the spot to the song Symphony by Clean Bandit. 19 performers took up the challenge.
Adjudicator Drew Anthony joked the performances had been so strong, it was as if they girls had practised.
“There were some really cool things there,” Mr Anthony said.
“The strong improvisations are the ones that respond to the phrasing in the music.”
Lily Woods, Maddison Field and Matilda Backus took out first, second and third respectively, while Lauren Nielsen and Sasha Zhou were Highly Commended. Kate Suttor earned a special encouragement award.
Orange Public School’s Imogen Hope – another strong performer – said she loved how freeing improvisation was.
“It gives you an extra skill set,” she said. “You can sort of do whatever you want!”