Bal­let con­ser­va­toire in Qtown

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KUPRIENKO

A Queen­stown dance teacher of 20 years is open­ing a clas­si­cal bal­let school for se­ri­ous stu­dents in the area.

Af­ter teach­ing bal­let, tap, jazz, hip hop and pro­duc­tion work at var­i­ous dance schools, Queen­stown’s Theresa Swain de­cided to ven­ture off and teach bal­leri­nas on her own.

De­spite hav­ing a bro­ken foot and not be­ing able to dance for four weeks, Swain has been look- ing for­ward to start­ing to teach from February 7.

Swain’s Wakatipu Con­ser­va­toire of Clas­si­cal Bal­let is for dancers of all ages to per­fect their bal­let skills.

‘‘The idea is to ex­cel. I want stu­dents who are re­ally se­ri­ous about it.’’

Teach­ing meth­ods would be tra­di­tional and ‘‘a bit old fash­ioned’’, Swain said.

‘‘Groom­ing and dis­ci­pline which is what bal­let is.’’

The classes for begin­ners and

- se­niors will be for up to six peo­ple, with nine stu­dents form­ing a com­pe­ti­tion squad.

The dancers will have a stu­dio show­case half-way through the year, fol­lowed by exams and a gala show­case.

At the fi­nal show, se­nior girls will be per­form­ing so­los from the clas­sic bal­let theatre.

‘‘They all are so ex­cited about their vari­a­tions.’’

Swain said keep­ing the classes small would give more time to each dancer in­di­vid­u­ally.

DASHA KUPRIENKO

Theresa Swain is open­ing Wakatipu Con­ser­va­toire of Clas­sic Bal­let in Queen­stown.

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