Young dancers enjoy elite company

DANCING has been part of life for these girls for almost as long as they could walk, so it’s not surprising they jumped at the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best in Warrnambool yesterday afternoon.

Aspiring south-west dancers (left, front) Ashlyn Walker, 12, and Caitlin O’Connor, 12, and (back) Kate Farley, 13, and Lauren Wrigley, 14, relished the opportunity to take a lesson from Ballet Australia mistress Joanne Michel. 140804RG11 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Aspiring south-west dancers (left, front) Ashlyn Walker, 12, and Caitlin O’Connor, 12, and (back) Kate Farley, 13, and Lauren Wrigley, 14, relished the opportunity to take a lesson from Ballet Australia mistress Joanne Michel. 140804RG11 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Several south-west girls aged from 12 upwards gleaned some of the finer points of  ballet during open classes run by the Dancers’ Company prior to the group’s performance of Paquita, Swan Lake Act III and the newly-created work Rimbombo to a sell-out crowd at the Lighthouse Theatre.

The company, which is the regional touring arm of the  Australian Ballet, is on the last leg of its 2014 Victorian itinerary prior to a two-week program in Western Australia. 

Lighthouse Theatre manager Greg Diamantis said Warrnambool was the most visited centre on the regular  Dancers’ Company itinerary and performances were highly appreciated by south-west residents.

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