PHYSIE and Dance The Tamworth Club’s classmates and best friends Taylor Johnston and Shelby Botfield-Mohr have finished the year on a high note.
The teenagers finished fourth in their respective age groups at the Australian Physie and Dance National Finals in the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday night.
Botfield-Mohr, competing in the 15 year section and Johnston in the 1st Year Senior, both finished in the four.
Their coach, Leigh Botfield, said it was a major achievement.
“It was a a well-deserved reward for the hard work Shelby and Taylor have both shown in their dedication to the sport not only in practice but also as assistant teachers for the club throughout the year,” Botfield said.
“The younger girls love to have such amazing role models to look up to.
“To be selected in the National Final, Shelby and Taylor had to compete at the Joan Sutherland Centre in October against other girls in their age groups from Queensland, NSW and Victoria, where they impressed the judges to progress to a place in the Top 14 Final.
“Shelby and Taylor then placed fourth at these National Finals, which is the premier event for the association.
“To dance on the Opera House stage is every little Physie girl’s dream come true and for the pair it was their second time after last year.
“Physie and Dance the Tamworth Club is only in its second year and has achieved some amazing results.
“Having six girls progress to Junior National Semi Finals, three girls progress to Senior National Finals and with Shelby and Taylor’s fourth placings makes for a strong and promising future for the club.”
Physie is a combination of jazz, ballet, lyrical and contemporary and pilates.
Physie and Dance The Club has doubled in size since its 2012 start with The Australian Physie and Dance Association (APDA) , Botfield said.
“Under the guidance of Australia’s finest creative Physie and Dance instructors and choreographers, APDA has created an innovative dance sport which aims to bridge the gap between Physie and the world of contemporary dance,” she said.
She is extremely proud of the club’s achievements.
“Physie and Dance is fun, challenging for girls from three years to ladies and builds confidence like no other sport,” she said.
“Classes resume the first week in February.”