Ballet dancers to watch professional company

BALLARAT’S brightest ballet dancers will want to be on their toes this week.

Telstra’s Bill Mundy with, from top left, Anita Coutts School of Dance students Maidie Widmer, Annaleise Davson, Ellie Sbardella, Emily Crockett, Mio Bayly and Camilla Butler. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Telstra’s Bill Mundy with, from top left, Anita Coutts School of Dance students Maidie Widmer, Annaleise Davson, Ellie Sbardella, Emily Crockett, Mio Bayly and Camilla Butler. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Four students at Anita Coutts School of Dance will be given the opportunity to see the professionals of The Dancers Company perform when they are in Ballarat on July 23. 

And two particularly promising dancers will attend an open class taught by one of The Dancers Company’s artistic staff.

The six ballet experiences were given to the central Ballarat ballet school by long-time Australian Ballet supporter Telstra.

Ms Coutts said the six would be selected from the dance school’s Vocational Training Program.

“To be honest, I have a school of 200 students who work very hard and who would all be worthy,” she said.

“I’m thinking (dancers) from our Vocational Training Program would get the most out of it because they’re looking to have a career in dance, especially for the open  class.”

The Dancers Company is the Australian Ballet’s regional touring troupe. Soloist Robyn Hendrick and Jared Wright, from the Australian Ballet, will join graduating students from the Australian Ballet School in the company to perform Swan Lake Act III, Paquita and Rimbombo at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat.

Telstra has sponsored the Australian Ballet for 30 years, making it the telco’s longest-standing sponsorship. 

“Supporting The Dancers Company tour is part of that sponsorship, so I’m looking forward to the chance to bring the company to Ballarat,” Telstra southwest Victoria general manager Bill Mundy said.

“We’re especially pleased to give young up-and-coming dancers the chance to experience ballet of the highest quality here in Ballarat.”

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