Taynuilt bal­let team show so much eastern prom­ise

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A TOP team from Taynuilt-based Bal­let West has just re­turned from a highly suc­cess­ful tour of Malaysia.

The Bal­let West Asia Tour group pre­sented work­shops for more than 150 young dancers, cul­mi­nat­ing in a spec­tac­u­lar show­case per­for­mance.

The group was led by prin­ci­pal Gil­lian Bar­ton, and in­cluded deputy prin­ci­pal Jonathan Bar­ton, teacher and guest prin­ci­pal dancer Martin Fen­ton and two star stu­dents – Uyu Hiro­moto and Os­car Ward.

Gil­lian de­scribed the events in Malaysia, in part­ner­ship with DAI (Di­rect Academia In­terna- tional). She said: ‘We had three days of in­ten­sive work­shops with dif­fer­ent stu­dents ev­ery day. The work­shops were com­pletely full. The par­tic­i­pants for the work­shops came from all over Malaysia and from Sin­ga­pore.

‘Jonathan ran the bal­let pro­gramme as­sisted by Uyu and Martin ran the con­tem­po­rary course as­sisted by Os­car.

‘The rest of the week was spent re­hears­ing the groups for the per­for­mance on June 12 at Pe­nang PAC the­atre. The per­for­mance was spec­tac­u­lar.

‘Os­car and Uyu also per­formed su­perbly. I could hardly believe that Jonathan and Martin had only worked with the stu­dents for one day plus a few re­hearsals. It was such a pol­ished per­for­mance. No other teach­ers could have done bet­ter.

‘We also held an au­di­tion for 60 stu­dents and an­other 300 sent in au­di­tion DVDs to be con­sid­ered for a place at the full-time school. We cur­rently have two stu­dents from Sin­ga­pore en­rolled on the full-time course at Bal­let West.

‘Looks as though we’ll be hav­ing a few more. Last Oc­to­ber our Malaysian part­ners, DAI, brought five stu­dents from Malaysia to Taynuilt for a short course of study.’

The Bal­let West team en­joy­ing street food in Pe­nang. Left to right are Jonathan and Gil­lian Bar­ton, Martin Fen­ton, Os­car Ward and Uyu Hiro­moto.

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