New building is tutu great
STUDENTS of a Goodna studio are dancing for joy as the final touches are being put on their restored post-flood building.
It has been a tough year for Kim's Dance Studio dancers, parents and friends. Their studio was completely flooded in January, just before classes were scheduled to begin.
Principal Kimberley Meerteens said it was a stressful time.
"We had water over our roof, so we had to rebuild everything," Ms Meerteens said.
"We lost all our costumes and a lot of equipment, but the parents have been great with helping out and remaking costumes.
"The locals also deserve thanks for helping out with the clean-up. Their efforts were amazing.
"Even though it was a very difficult time, it was great to see all that support."
Ms Meerteens ran classes in temporary locations while the building was being fixed, and continued to develop new routines for eisteddfods.
Parent Jennifer Entjes said Ms Meerteens efforts were admirable.
"With many students also losing their homes, Kim gave these students a place that they could forget their worries," she said.
Ten months on, Ms Meerteens was looking forward to a much easier 2012 and said parents had shown amazing support.
"We're only just starting to feeling close to normal again," she said. "We're at the stage where all that's left is a few little improvements with the set-up.
"It has been so draining on everyone, but it was all worth it.
"We have 120 students now, where last year we had 175, so we did get a few parents decide they didn't want to walk into uncertain circumstances."
The studio will present its annual Christmas concert on December 11 and celebrated a year of success at a break-up party on the weekend.