The joy of dance: canine stars to perform at pups in the park! - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

Pictured: Sharon Clark with her gorgeous older border collie, Holly.  Photo from Pawsnap Photography.


Dust off those dancing shoes because one of last year’s most popular Pups in the Park performers will be back to delight, and you may not be able to resist dancing along!

Tingalpa-based Sharon Clark will lead two Dances With Dogs demonstrations and tricks at Pups in the Park on Sunday, May 26. After the second demonstration, Sharon will invite dog owners into the ring to try teaching their own dogs some simple tricks.

Sharon has trained several dogs to Australian championship level in Dances With Dogs, and this year will showcase new breathtaking routines with her two younger dogs, border collies Gift and Banjo.

Gift already has her Advanced title in Dances With Dogs and is competing for her championship title. The routine she and Sharon will perform – The Greatest Show – is scoring highly with judges. Banjo will perform his new ultra-fun novice-level routine, Runnin.

Sharon’s oldest dog, Holly, another border collie, was semi-retired last year but may show off some advanced-level tricks if her health and cooler temperatures permit.

Seeing the connection between Sharon and her dogs as they perform a routine is really special. Sharon puts a whole series of amazing behaviours together to music in an artistic way. Her connection with Holly is even more impressive because Holly has been deaf for many years, and Sharon uses hand signals to communicate.

Sharon will be supported by fellow dog sports enthusiasts who compete in Dances With Dogs and Tricks, including Wynnum-based dog trainer Caroline Strainig from CLEAR Dog Training.

For scheduled times to watch Sharon and her friends perform, see page 33.

Pictured: Sharon Clark with her gorgeous older border collie, Holly. Photo from Pawsnap Photography.

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