Fallon King Danceworks to offer low-cost dance classes at Kearsley Community Hall

OPPORTUNITY: Fallon King is offering low-cost classes for disadvantaged children at her new dance school, which opens at Kearsley Community Hall this month. Picture: Krystal Sellars
OPPORTUNITY: Fallon King is offering low-cost classes for disadvantaged children at her new dance school, which opens at Kearsley Community Hall this month. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Anyone who was part of the Cessnock dancing community about 20 years ago would remember the name Fallon King.

The former Weston girl won countless competitions, was a Newcastle Knights cheerleader, and danced her way into the cast of the 2001 film Moulin Rouge.

After a decade working on cruise ships, a few injuries, and two kids later, Fallon - now 37 - is back in Cessnock and ready to share the joy of dance with local families.

She is establishing her own dance studio, Fallon King Danceworks, which will offer low-cost classes, including 'gold coin dance' sessions for disadvantaged children.

"Dancing can be expensive - I know how much my parents spent on me," she said.

"A lot of kids see their friends dance, but can't afford it," she said.

"I want to give something back; I don't want to waste what I've learned.

"I'm not out to compete with other dance schools, but to offer something different."

Fallon started dancing when she was four years old with Karen-Ann Thomas at Dance Image in Kurri Kurri.

By the time she was 14 she was dancing six days a week, and had left school, studying year 9 and 10 by correspondence while working as a dance teacher for Miss Karen.

After auditioning at the age of 16, Fallon was cast as a "naughty school girl" in Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

As the youngest member of the main cast, Fallon said being part of the Baz Luhrmann film was an "unbelievable experience".

She moved to Sydney, spent nine months filming, and was invited to dance at the premiere in May 2001.

The same year, she was named NSW Cheerleader of the Year and runner-up at the national competition.

She then embarked on a journey as a cruise ship performer - spending six months at a time with the P&O, Carnival and the Holland cruise lines.

A serious knee injury in 2009 put her out of dancing for about nine months, and she worked as a supermarket duty manager and studied to be a personal trainer, but returned to dancing with her "bionic" knees.

She took a break from dancing when she became a mother, and with her youngest son now eight months old, she decided she is ready to get back into it - after all, once a dancer, always a dancer.

Fallon King Danceworks will operate out of Kearsley Community Hall, with gold coin classes on Tuesdays for children whose parents receive Centrelink benefits.

The studio will also operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with low-cost classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern and contemporary dance.

A joining day will be held at the Kearsley hall on Tuesday, February 18 from 4pm to 6pm, with classes due to start March 3 (with no joining fee). For more information, call 0431 220 868.

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