Dancers to take the national stage

Zoe Fraser, Maddie Hornery, Emily Riches, Lexi Harden and Heidi Baker will be travelling to Sydney to take part in the Physical Culture Junior Nationals.
Zoe Fraser, Maddie Hornery, Emily Riches, Lexi Harden and Heidi Baker will be travelling to Sydney to take part in the Physical Culture Junior Nationals.

Five talented dancers will be travelling to Sydney on Saturday, November 23 to compete in the Physical Culture Junior National Finals.

Zoe Fraser, Maddie Hornery, Emily Riches, Lexi Harden and Heidi Baker will be competing in four separate age groups at the National Finals which will be taking place at Homebush Quay Centre.

Physical Culture (also known as BJP Physie) is a combination of movements to music designed to increase coordination, strength, fitness and flexibility. Physical Culture was founded over 126 years ago as the Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture.

It fuses dance styles such as jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, aerobic dance and even yoga. Each year, the choreography changes and is designed for maximum variety and fun.

Lachlan Valley United Physie's Louise Donelly said the each year the dancers have to learn six different routines.

Physical Culture is described as being 'fun' and 'exciting' by the girls.

Zoe Fraser said the mix of hip hop and ballet help to make Physical Culture fun to learn.

Lachlan Valley United Physie is comprised of members from both Condobolin and Forbes and was formed after the Forbes Physie Club folded in 2013.

To qualify for the Junior National FInals, the dancers had to finish in the top five in their age division at the Junior Zone Championships.

Clubs from around Wagga Wagga, East Orange-Bathurst, Orana, Dubbo City, Parkes, Coonamble, Lachlan Valley United took part in the Junior Zone Championships.

Mrs Donnelly said the club had a very successful day of competition with 19 individual members from Forbes and Condobolin placing in the top five for their sections/age divisions.

Mrs Donnelly said in the Zone Championships, the girls perform in heats followed by the semi finals. The top 15 dancers in each age group qualify for finalist division, with the top 5 qualifying for the National Championships.

Emily Riches will be competing in the Under 7s age division, while Maddison Hornery and Heidi Barker will be competing in the Under 8s age division.

Zoe Fraser will be competing in the Under 9s age division and Lexi Herden will be competing in the Under 10s age division.