Dancers cel­e­brate exam suc­cess

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS from the Mara­noa Per­form­ing Arts took their clas­si­cal bal­let ex­am­i­na­tions in St Ge­orge last Fri­day when a vis­it­ing ex­am­iner was in town.

Beth Bluett, in­ter­na­tional ex­am­iner and founder of Liv­ing Dance In­ter­na­tional, said she was ex­tremely im­pressed with the stan­dard pre­sented by the 25 stu­dents.

“It is so re­fresh­ing to do an ex­am­in­ing visit to St Ge­orge and find dancers so well-trained,” she said.

“Bring­ing the ben­e­fit of the arts to a thriv­ing ru­ral area is bring­ing en­rich­ment to the district – and

Ms Gaske is do­ing just that in her dance school.”

Liv­ing Dance In­ter­na­tional, in which Ms Gaske is a reg­is­tered teacher, is a bou­tique dance train­ing sys­tem.

It op­er­ates in five con­ti­nents and its point of dif­fer­ence is that it ad­dresses the spirit and soul as well as the body.

Prin­ci­pal Fiona Gaske said she was thrilled with Ms Bluett’s com­ments and was ex­tremely proud of her stu­dents and how they worked to pre­pare for the ex­am­i­na­tions.

“The won­der­ful thing about hav­ing stu­dents ex­am­ined in this cur­ricu­lum is know­ing they are bench­marked against their metro peers,” she said.

“The fact that they have achieved such in­cred­i­ble re­sults, in­clud­ing sev­eral dis­tinc­tions, is fan­tas­tic and very ex­cit­ing.”

More than that though, Ms Gaske said she was thrilled so many stu­dents had the con­fi­dence to ‘have a go’ and sit the exam.

“It is tes­ta­ment to the re­silience, com­mit­ment and dis­ci­pline that train­ing in the per­form­ing arts can in­stil in our young peo­ple,” Ms Gaske said.

“It’s very char­ac­ter­build­ing.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POISE AND GRACE: St Ge­orge bal­let stu­dents with prin­ci­pal Fiona Gaske and in­ter­na­tional bal­let ex­am­iner Beth Bluett.

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