Helping her mum in the garden and with her little brothers, Denni Bathman speaks of her love of dance and her desire to make her mark in government. With such big dreams and aspirations, along with an attitude far more mature than her years, its hard to believe that this young lady, whose smile lights up a room and a heart just as big, is only 12 years old and inher first year of high school!
3610 You have such a passion for dance how long have you been dancing?
Denni I’ve been dancing since I was almost 4years old. It started as an activity just for me when my twin brothers were born, and has become so much apart of my life now. During those 9 years, I have been attending Sawyers Dance Academy in Tatura twice a week.
3610 Wow! Sounds as though you were born to dance. What style do you prefer?
Denni I have tried ballet and classical, but my heart is set on tap dance. I love the freedom of expression that dance provides. I love making up my own dance routines. Dance always makes me happy! Challenging myself gives a great sense of pride when I achieve my goals. I’m currently in Grade 4 at the Academy and studying Certificate 1 in dance. I’d like to work my way through to Certificate 3 as then I will be able to start my own dance school. I really like helping younger children and think I would be a good teacher.
3610 Academically, what is your favourite subject at school?
Denni Definitely War politics. I would love to be Prime minister! I went on a school trip to Government house in Canberra during primary school, and that really influenced the way I thought about what I can do for our Country. Although my mum says that even as a little girl, I was fascinated by the election. At preschool when I was only 4, mum remembers me asking my teachers, Maddi and Kirby, who they were going to vote for!
3610 Running for Parliament takes a lot of leadership skills. Are you prepared to take on those challenges?
Denni Oh, yes. I love public speaking and debating. last year I got to make a speech at the Murchison Australia Day Breakfast. I’ve also met Steph Ryan, Sharman Stone and Damian Drum, and really enjoyed talking with them. Last year, I was school captain and Murchison Primary School and I’d really like to be school captain again.
3610 You have been busy! What are some of the things you like to do in your spare time?
Denni I try to get to the nursing home every fortnight to dance there, having an audience is great! I also love being outdoors, especially at the river. I learned to swim in the river, as have all my family. Swimming is really fun and keeps me fit. I made it to 5th in the region for Butterfly stroke last year.
3610 What do you like about Murchison and what would you like to see happen here in the future?
Denni I love our community, how everybody knows each other, how we are all connected. And how we all to try to help each other out. A skate park installed would be great for the older kids. It would be a place for us to hang out and parents could be there too.
3610 You are a truly inspiring young lady. do you think you will stay apart of the Murchison communities with all you have planned for your future?
Denni I would eventually like to work in this area. But with growing up and studying, I know that sometimes you have to go away to find your way back home.