Ballet is coming to town
BALLET lovers can look forward to a tour by the Northern Rivers Ballet Company (NRBC) starting with a number of exerts of its performances at Tweed Shire libraries during the upcoming school holidays.
During its tour the company will perform three full length ballets, Peter Pan - the Ballet, La Bayadere - Kingdom of Shades and Enrapture - an exciting new contemporary piece.
The NRBC is a not-for-profit company organisation under the artistic direction of Miss Fiona Munroe of The Ballet Factory, South Tweed Heads and draws its dancers from close to 150 local families who help bring the company's show to the area.
Ms Munroe devotes many hours to the production's preparations and offers company dancers many hours of free tuition.
NRBC spokesperson Jane Robinson said Fiona was passionate about enriching students' lives artistically and encouraging them to enjoy performing.
Dancers range from nine to 16 in age and volunteer their weekends and after school hours to practise for the two hour long show.
"The focus and discipline required for this is inspiring to see in dancers this young," Mrs Robinson said.
NRBC allowed young and old to see high-end technical ballet in their local area whilst giving young local talented dancers a platform to perform.
Since 2001, NRBC has seen many former members go on to work with national and international ballet companies with 22 graduates of this program offered places at top schools in Australia, Germany and Switzerland.
The company will perform on October 7 at the Byron Bay Theatre at 6.00 pm, on October 12 at Murwillumbah's Civic Centre at 7.00 pm, on October 13 at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre at 7.30 pm and will hold a preview show at the Tweed Civic Centre on October 13 at 1.30 pm.
Tickets are available at the door at $30 per adult and $20 per child/pensioner while kids under 3 get in for free on the condition they sit on mum or dad's lap.