Ballet company produces 22 professional dancers
THIRTY young and gifted ballerinas danced their way across the Gold and North Coast two weeks ago, and are now preparing their Christmas concert.
The annual performance from Northern Rivers Ballet Company amazed about 2000 spectators.
The acts included Peter Pan, a contemporary piece Enrapture and Russian Classic Kingdom of Shades.
The company showcased the region's most passionate and elite young dancers.
Ballerina Gabryelle Galway trains 30 hours a week and is enthusiastic when describing her passion for the adrenalin and challenge in achieving her goals.
"I love when you finally get something, when you've trained so hard and you finally get it after months, that's what I like," she said.
"Then there's the pressure to always be better.
"I can't imagine not dancing. When I go away from dancing, it drives me crazy."
Ballet company spokesperson Jane Robinson said the dancers were aged 13 on average and perform beautifully, while making their technique look effortless.
"The hard work and passion that goes into the training of a ballerina is something many people do not realise," she said.
"You honestly get the sense you are witnessing stars of the future."
Statistically, only 1% of dancers from suburban dance schools will continue professionally.
The company has beaten the odds, producing 22 graduates who have been offered professional places in Australia and Europe.
The company is in association with Fiona Munroe Ballet Dance Studio will perform at 2pm, Sunday, December 16, at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre.