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