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SHELLEY Moore had a busy day on Friday.

It began with teaching and ended with a warmly-received ensemble performance by the former Coffs Harbour dancer, who was briefly in her home town with touring contemporary dance group twentypastfour productions.

Thanks to a Spark Fund grant from the Foundation for Young Australians, Shelley and colleague Anna Dougherty, a former Grafton resident, held composition and improvisation workshops with older Coffs Harbour Senior College students, while other dancers worked with younger students from Coffs Harbour High School.

"The workshops were a big success ... especially when we brought out the drummers and had the students engaging with the live music," Ms Moore said.

"We taught them some repertoire and showed them the process of creating a show.

"When I was at Orara High, we didn't have access to this type of thing. It's great for young dancers to have that exposure and see what's possible."

In the evening, the company performed its show Within at Coffs Harbour High School.

She said the audience of family and friends loved the work, which was more about enjoying dance and physical movement than complex ideas.

"It's loosely-based on (novel) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and explores the theme of how the universe can support one on the journey through life.

"We developed the music and choreography from there you don't have to know anything about dance to enjoy it."

Shelley Moore trained with Coffs Harbour Dance Studio before moving to Sydney in 2000.

Twentypastfour productions is an emerging collective of contemporary dance practitioners with a commitment to the future of youth dance and dance education.

All the dancers hail from regional areas and met in Sydney while studying an arts (dance) and education degree at the University of New South Wales.

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