APRIL 19: Ballet teacher Fiona Munroe puts students (from left) Mitchell Starker 7, Sophie Barnett, 5, and Ebony Pitchers, 8, through their steps at the Ballet Factory in Tweed Heads.
APRIL 19: Ballet teacher Fiona Munroe puts students (from left) Mitchell Starker 7, Sophie Barnett, 5, and Ebony Pitchers, 8, through their steps at the Ballet Factory in Tweed Heads. Blainey Woodham

New ballet school for Tweed

BUDDING ballet dancers from the Tweed and Gold Coast will now have the chance to excel in the profession without having to travel too far from home.

The Fiona Munroe Ballet and Dance Studio at the Ballet Factory in Tweed Heads has just opened its doors, and Saturday’s open day was a chance for dance lovers and students to catch a glimpse of the newly acquired studios.

Relocating her dance school from Burleigh Heads, Fiona Munroe has long been interested in the well-known Ballet Factory’s purpose-built studio, so when she heard the former director was retiring she jumped at the chance to call it her own.

“I have always thought these studios were a ballet teacher’s dream,” Ms Munroe said.

“Most ballet schools are old factories or warehouses that have been converted into dance studios.

“But the Ballet Factory was purpose built as a dancing school and studio, so it’s just perfect.”

With two big studio rooms, huge windows, mirrors and showers, Ms Munroe said the premises were “beautiful.”

“There are not really any other serious ballet schools in the area,” she said.

“Students used to travel up from Byron to come to my school in Burleigh.

“So now that we’re in Tweed hopefully people in northern New South Wales will be able to join up.

“It’s a great area; there are lots of schools.”

Ms Munroe began teaching after studying in London at The Royal Ballet School and then performed as a professional soloist with Sweden’s Malmo Ballet for three years.

In the 11 years since she began teaching, she has produced 18 professional dancers who have gone on to perform with the Australian Ballet, Mannheim Ballet, Germany’s Dresden Ballet, Switzerland’s Basel Ballet and London’s Central Ballet.

“A lot of my former Burleigh studio students will be coming with me to the Factory,” she said.

“I will also be able to accept more students now without having to overcrowd classes.”

“I have always thought these studios were a ballet teacher’s dream.”



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