Ballet comes to the Burnett

Queensland Ballet will be holding community ballet classes in Gayndah and Mundubbera. Picture: Contributed

A touch of ballet magic will be coming to Gayndah and Mundubbera this weekend.

Queensland Ballet’s Community Engagement regional tour will be coming through the North Burnett as part of what will be their biggest tour to date across Queensland and the Northern Territory. The team of Queensland Ballet Education Teaching Artists will take Community classes, in school workshops and teacher professional development sessions to 34 locations in just over six months.

Enabled by the North Burnett Regional Council, Queensland Ballet Teaching Artists will be delivering community classes and In-School workshops in Gayndah, and In-School workshops and a Teacher Professional Development session in Mundubbera.

Whether you are an aspiring ballerina or danseur, or just love to dance, there is something on offer for all ages and abilities.

An annual tradition for QB, the Community Engagement regional tour aims to inspire regional communities, providing them the opportunity to experience the physical, social and emotional benefits of dance. Last year’s tour reached over 2,900 participants across 19 local government areas, with the 2021 tour forecast to engage over 8,000 people.

In Mundubbera there will be a Professional Development session held for teachers on 22 October.

Community Classes in Gayndah on 23 October at the Capper St Gayndah Community Hall include:

-QB Petit Pointers (2-5yrs), aimed to enthral the littlest lovers of dance,

-tailored Ballet for Seniors class for mature active adults.

-Community Class (6-11 years)

-Community Class (12-17 years)

The in-school workshops provide educative and inclusive dance experiences for students in kindergartens and schools.

The workshops are delivered by an expert team of QB Teaching Artists, and are designed to complement the Early Years Learning Framework, Australian Curriculum and Senior Dance Syllabus learning outcomes.

In true road trip style, the team will be hitting the open road to travel to each town, powered by Mercedes Benz Brisbane and LSH Auto Australia.

Local councils, QB donors and Mercedes Benz Brisbane have all come together to support QB in taking the arts to regional Queensland and Northern Territory.

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO is excited to see the tour expand to new locations, including Weipa, Thargomindah and Alice Springs, enabled by the focused support of generous donors.

“We are incredibly grateful to our loyal donors, who allow us to connect with communities all across Queensland and beyond,” said Mr Li.

For QB Education Manager Martha Godber, this Community Engagement tour will mark her eighth year on the road delivering the program.

“We are thrilled to be visiting more regional communities than ever before, and so excited to bring our QB education and community workshops to people in Northern Territory and rural Queensland,” said Ms Godber.

“As we build capacity to grow our community regional touring program, we are able to make inclusive dance experiences more accessible and provide opportunity for people across the state to engage with QB.

“Queensland Ballet is proud to partner with local councils to develop a longer lasting impact, and ensure these communities have continued access to workshops and opportunities to engage with the company over multiple years,” she added.

Register for one of the North Burnett classes here: https://www.queenslandballet.com.au/community/regional-and-international-programs/2020-regional-school-and-community-workshops/far-north-queensland-and-northern-territory-regional-in-school-workshop-registrations