A step in the right direction

DREAM OPPORTUNITY: Workshop organiser Linton Farlow with Britney Spears' back-up dancers Willie Gomez and Zac Brazenas, SDS Griffith director Shannon Hart and Anastasia Comarin, 12, Madeleine De Bortoli, 11, Felicity Grady, 10 and Jemma Rovere, 12. Picture: Anthony Stipo.

DREAM OPPORTUNITY: Workshop organiser Linton Farlow with Britney Spears' back-up dancers Willie Gomez and Zac Brazenas, SDS Griffith director Shannon Hart and Anastasia Comarin, 12, Madeleine De Bortoli, 11, Felicity Grady, 10 and Jemma Rovere, 12. Picture: Anthony Stipo.

GRIFFITH kids dreaming of becoming professional dancers were given a taste of what it takes on Wednesday.

As Britney Spears' back-up dancers, Willie Gomez and Zac Brazenas know a thing or two about the hard work and passion needed to succeed.

The industry icons conducted workshops at the Griffith Ex-Servicemen's Club for more than 50 local kids keen to learn more.

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SDS Griffith director Shannon Hart and her friend and fellow dancer Linton Farlow were instrumental in bringing the pair to Griffith.

"When I was talking to Linton I thought why not try and give this opportunity to kids out here," Ms Hart said.

"We've got some very excited children, who have been sitting in the foyer waiting when we got here.

"They are all totally star-struck and really excited. The hope is that the kids all have fun and get to see what dancers of this calibre can do."

Mr Gomez said he hoped to inspire the next generation of dancers.

"Hopefully we can give some good advice to them," he said.

"To be a dancer you definitely have to have a passion for it. There is a lot of rejection, it's not always rewarding. But in saying that the rewards are incredible.

"Britney is really sweet. After you work with her for so long you see her a normal, down to earth girl."

Mr Brazenas shared with the children just how hard dancing could be.

"I went back to school at 25. I took a year off and went to the states," he said.

"You have to be persistent and have a plan before you go to LA if you want to dance for big artists like we do.

"You can live the dream if you work hard enough. It's not impossible."

Anastasia Comarin, 12, said she was delighted to hear how the dancers had got to where they are now.

"I'd like to make a career of it one day like they have," she said.

"I love to dance because it gives you such a good feeling."

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