TWINKLE TOES: Maranoa Performing Arts Grade 4 ballet at the Spring Showcase.
TWINKLE TOES: Maranoa Performing Arts Grade 4 ballet at the Spring Showcase. Contributed

Balonne's ballerinas have a spring in their step

OVER 90 students have pirouetted and pranced their way through 2019, culminating in a once-a-year opportunity to perform in a way they may not otherwise have.

It has been a big year for Maranoa Performing Arts who have spent the year riding an artistic 'wave'.

From a visit from Queensland Ballet to hosting a renowned classical teacher, it's a year the students won't forget.

Late last month, students who have spent the year working hard with their teachers principal Fiona Gaske and Jayme Anderson, showed off their skills at their Spring Showcase.

"The annual concert is an amazing opportunity to provide the students with a performance experience they may not otherwise have,” Mrs Gaske said.

"It is the culmination of hard work in lessons, and an ability to practise technique in choreography.

"This year's theme, Spring Showcase, featured performances from all grades plus solo performances from some students, including our fabulous boys. The boys are always a huge feature of our concerts and the audiences love them.”

Mrs Gaske said she had been immensely proud of the school's efforts to promote dance in the community.

"The ballet workshop 'country choreography' with renowned classical teacher Lynette Denny AO was well patronised and made possible due to funding from Remote Arts Development Fund,” she said.

"The community class with QB also saw fantastic take-up by the community, with the students engaging in a very valuable learning experience and adding to their dance repertoire.

"The performance of The Little Green Road to Fairyland was exceptional and saw the state's premiere ballet company here for the first time.

"I don't believe that the value of performing arts in the community should be underestimated. It is very powerful, character building training for our young people and in addition, can provide a significant economic boost depending on the event.”


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