Dancers step up to take Sydney festival by storm

METEOR collisions, silent films, droughts and flooding rains are coming to life on stage with the help of some of the Hunter's most talented performers.

Students from four Hunter and Central Coast schools are among 1500 dancers from around NSW who successfully auditioned for the State Dance Festival.

The festival is a celebration of dance in NSW public schools and is under way at the Seymour Centre, Sydney, this week.

Muswellbrook Public School students took to the stage on Monday night and students from Maitland Grossman High and Narara Valley High are also members of the elite dance companies involved in the show.

Hunter School of Performing Arts sent three of its dance groups to Sydney.

Ensemble co-ordinator Jo-Anne Thorn said it was an honour for students to be chosen from the best in the state.

"They're all very excited they get to go to Sydney and get to meet other like-minded people," Ms Thorn said.

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