Prima ballerina tutors students

A NERVOUS silence consumed the Ballarat Dance of Distinction ballet studios on Sunday morning. 

Lucinda Dunn from the Australian Ballet Company with Jemima Robson 13, and students from Dance School of Distinction.

Lucinda Dunn from the Australian Ballet Company with Jemima Robson 13, and students from Dance School of Distinction.

Former Australian Ballet Company dancer Lucinda Dunn gives pianist Rosa Scaffidi a nod of approval before positioning herself on the wooden dance floor. 

Gymnopedie Number One by Erik Satie begins to play. 

Gracefully, the 15 students standing at the perimeter of the room fall into position.

“Full point, bend to the side, six, seven, eight,” Ms Dunn said, as she talked students through their paces. 

It is not every day Ballarat ballet students are taught by one of the longest serving and talented ballerinas in Australia. 

“These are very dedicated and talented young students,” Ms Dunn said.  “I hope I can pass on some of my knowledge.” 

After 23 years in the industry performing with the Australian Ballet Company, the dancer is hoping to share her skills with others. 

“There are thousands of children that do ballet and the percentage of those who make it professionally is minimal,” Ms Dunn said. “I feel very privileged to have reached the rank of principal artist.” 

Dance of Distinction classical ballet coaches Mary and Adrian Renouf watched the students, aged between 12 and 16, participate in the two hour master class. 

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