Bunbury dance shine at nationals

Dancing to the top: Ashleigh Hair and Riley Chalker, 9. Photo: Emily Sharp.
Dancing to the top: Ashleigh Hair and Riley Chalker, 9. Photo: Emily Sharp.

Two students from Southwest Physical culture club in Australind have shown they’ve got rhythm after impressing judges recently at national championships. 

Ashleigh Hair has been part of the club for the last two years and joined as a way of making friends and said she couldn’t believe she made it to nationals on her first try. 

“I made the final at nationals, so that’s top 15 in Australia, I was dumbfounded that I made nationals let alone a final,” she said. 

Riley Chalker has been doing it for the past four years and has been to nationals twice before. 

She recently returned from Sydney after representing the Southwest of  WA in the Junior Nationals Competition after wowing at the Zone Champion girl Competition in Victoria.

The nine-year-old competed against girls from across the country and Bali before walking away with first place, Zone 9 year champion and secured her a spot at nationals. 

Studio principal Bec Kingsley said she was really proud of both girls. Bjelke Petersen School of Physical Culture, known as physie has been around for more than 120 years but is still new to WA. 

It is a combination of different types of dance for ladies and girls with set choreography for specific year groups, which is released every year. 

Ms Kingsley said physie helped to empower girls for life as well as improve confidence, posture and promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

“Physie is always fresh, always new and always exciting,” she said.