A night at the Balonne Bal­let

End-of-year con­cert sure to ap­peal to bal­let lovers

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

AF­TER months of hard work, lo­cal dancers are ready to put on the per­for­mance of their lives this Satur­day night. The Balonne Bal­let As­so­ci­a­tion has been a trea­sured part of the com­mu­nity for more than 40 years and the com­pany is in­tent on con­tin­u­ing its his­tory of de­liv­er­ing a cap­ti­vat­ing show.

DANC­ING: The Balonne Bal­let As­so­ci­a­tion has been a trea­sured part of the St Ge­orge com­mu­nity for 40 years and the troupe is set to steal the show once more on Satur­day night.

The group will put on a show for all ages, with teacher Bir­rali Schefe an­tic­i­pat­ing a great evening.

“The show is the Four Sea­sons, so we do dances from each sea­son,” Ms Schefe said.

“We’ll start in spring and take ev­ery­one through to win­ter.

“We have got from three year-olds to over 40-year-olds per­form­ing gen­res in­clud­ing bal­let, jazz, tap and hip-hop.”

Edrine Kee­gan has been trav­el­ling out to the re­gion to run the BBA for some time but, due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, her daugh­ter Ms Schefe has had to take the wheel.

“Mum drives down here ev­ery two weeks and does re­hearsals but she hasn’t been down for a month so we’ve put most of it to­gether in two weeks,” Ms Schefe said.

“So we’ve been work­ing at it for the last cou­ple of months but the most in­tense part has been the last two weeks.”

De­spite the al­tered prepa­ra­tion plans, Ms Schefe is con­fi­dent the stu­dents will pull to­gether and put on a spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance.

“I know it’s go­ing to go great be­cause the kids are so ded­i­cated and they’re work­ing so hard,” she said.

The con­cert will be held at the Balonne Cul­tural Cen­tre from 6.30pm Satur­day.

Tick­ets, which are avail­able at Bar­gain 4 U or at the door, cost $10 for adults, $5 for stu­dents and a gold coin for pre-school­ers.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to at­tend an event that cel­e­brates and ac­knowl­edges the dance cul­ture that has shaped the Balonne dis­trict for the past 40 years.

❝ So we’ve been work­ing at it for the last cou­ple of months but the most in­tense part has been the last two weeks. — Bir­rali Schefe

PHOTO: DAVID JACK­SON

READY: Dancers from The Balonne Bal­let As­so­ci­a­tion are pre­pared to wow the crowds this Satur­day night.

PHOTO: DAVID JACK­SON

Balonne Bal­let

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