PRACTICE: Children under the teaching eye of Mrs Gaske.
PRACTICE: Children under the teaching eye of Mrs Gaske. Contributed

Ballet’s sure to wow audiences

THE Maranoa Performing Arts in St George is set to top last year’s sell-out performance with the expertly choreographed ‘Australia’ production on Saturday, June 11.

“I am continually inspired by our landscape and our people, with the theme chosen as continuation from the Rain Dance drought concert held last year,” principal and ballet teacher of Maranoa Performing Arts Fiona Gaske said.

Over 32 students ranging in ages from 3 to 14 will perform in the ballet production that has been choreographed to a range of music including Australian ballads and a moving performance to the song, Ngarra Burra Ferra, a traditional Aboriginal hymn sung in the Yorta Yorta language.

Special invited guest Aaron Barlow will perform a solo violin piece, as well as a duo act with the acclaimed opera performer, Fiona Gaske.

“I have really enjoyed working on this production where we explore our heritage from all facets,” she said.

“The ballet dancers have been working extremely hard and I know this performance is going to be something extra special.”

The ballet dancers have been preparing for the concert since the beginning of the year “learning to put the techniques to a choreographed performance is not only confidence building, it teaches the students how the moves can be put together to tell a story on stage”.

The production will take place at the St Geroge Cultural Centre at 3.45pm for a 4pm start. Supper will be provided and tickets can be purchased from CRT Balonne Steel and Rural Supplies, Maranoa Mechanical and Nick’s Fix It.

For more information, phone Fiona on 0403 606 397.


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