Bendigo South East College will take their production to the Wakakirri finals. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Bendigo South East College will be heading to the finals of Wakakirri in Melbourne with their moving and deeply relevant Story Dance production Beauty Within, dealing with body image issues.

The school won the Best Mental Health Story Award for their performance at the Bendigo show in July.

Now the students will perform at the Victorian Secondary Awards Night at The Palais on September 11 with eight other finalist schools up for nomination for the coveted national Story of the Year Award.

Wakakirri has involved 235 schools and thousands of primary and secondary students taking to the stage at professional theatres across Australia to perform story dances that reflect their thoughts, ideas and aspirations through dance and drama.

High schools have been performing to live audiences at professional theatres around Victoria including Frankston Arts Centre, the Clocktower Centre and for the first time Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre.

The Wakakirri Secondary Challenge Awards Night for Victoria will be held at The Palais on September 11. Tickets available now from www.palaistheatre.com.au