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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 17th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 18, 2009 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Dancer soldiers on in US SHIREEN KHALIL See the video and more pictures on our website at www.innerwestweekly.com.au Dancer Lukas Van Der Fecht is competing in the US. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP288106 JUST how good do you need to be to perform in one of the biggest dance competitions in the world? Very good -- and that's exactly why Lukas Van Der Fecht, of Breakfast Point, was chosen to compete in the World Dance Championships in America in July. The Brent Street performing arts dancer is one of 25 students representing his school in the competition. Van Der Fecht, who is of Austrian background, has been in Australia for only seven months. ''The industry is bigger here than in Austria and I wanted to extend my career and become a professional dancer and not just doing it next to nothing,'' he said. Since breaking into the industry at just eight years old, Van Der Fecht has competed in a variety of dance competitions around Europe, but said the World Dance Championships in Los Angeles was by far the biggest. ''We are performing two pieces -- a jazz routine to Britney Spears' Toy Soldier song so everyone is going to be dressed as toy soldiers with the jackets, ties and pants which is a real funky performance and we are also doing a musical routine called Shore Thing Baby,'' Van Der Fecht said. The 19-year-old, who is also a singer, started his career as a ballroom dancer but decided it was time to extend his talent in other genres. ''I was doing ballroom for ages and didn't have fun with it, so I started getting into hip hop and jazz, which is totally different to ballroom,'' he said. The mixed age group have been rehearsing for three weeks and Van Der Fecht said they definitely had a good chance of winning. BRIEFLY Best business park QUAD Business Park at Sydney Olympic Park has been named Australia's best business park. It took out the title after winning the national award for Business or Industrial Parks at the 2009 Property Council of Australia Rider Levett Bucknall Awards. Property Council national president Daniel Grollo said the development went up against a strong field of finalists to take out the prestigious award at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre over the weekend. Roadworks start THE $400,000 resurfacing and guttering upgrade of Liverpool Rd between Strathfield and Greenacre began last week. The roadwork is being carried out between 9pm and 5am to minimise traffic disruption. The upgrade of Liverpool Rd is in addition to the resurfacing of Centenary Drive in Strathfield for a total cost of $1.1 million. Strathfield State Labor MP Virginia Judge has urged motorists to observe the imposed speed limits to ensure the safety of road workers. Traffic disruption OFF-PEAK traffic on the Iron Cove Bridge is being disrupted this week to allow for the removal of the kerb at the top end of Byrnes St, Rozelle, and for the removal of trees next to the west-bound side of Victoria Rd. The works are associated with the bridge duplication project. Model wears glasses from the $199 range. Specsavers Burwood: Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre 100 Burwood Road 02 9744 2900 www.specsavers.com.au/burwood Price includes PENTAX single vision lenses with scratch resistant coating. Full details in store. 2 HARD TO RESIST 2 PAIRS 179 SMART_SPE10212 · © 2007 Specsavers Optical Group. Second pair must be from the same price range of frames and lens range or below. Must be same prescription. Extra options not included -see Clear Price leaflet in your local Specsavers store for details. *Subject to your health fund's annual policy limits and having the appropriate level of extras cover.
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