Dancers celebrate exam success
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.”
POISE AND GRACE: St George ballet students with principal Fiona Gaske and international ballet examiner Beth Bluett.