New production chance of a lifetime for Gladstone dancers

BIG CHANCE: Tahlia Downey (in red) and Sarah Ross during The Young Dancers Association audition.
BIG CHANCE: Tahlia Downey (in red) and Sarah Ross during The Young Dancers Association audition. Brenda Strong

GLADSTONE dancers had one shot to rise above their insecurities and wow industry stalwarts last week.

The latest production by the Young Dancers Association is underway, with the first open auditions for The Magic Toyshop being held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on Thursday afternoon.

The production is a "must see", according to the association's artistic director Wendy Barker.

Conducting the auditions were Harry Haythorne, who was artistic director emeritus for The Royal New Zealand Ballet (1981-92) and artistic director for Queensland Ballet (1975-78), and Andris Toppe, who choreographed for skating stars Torville and Dean and has been the company manager for the Paris Opera Ballet season.

Harry will direct the production and Andris will choreograph.

BIG CHANCE: Tahlia Downey (in red) and Sarah Ross during The Young Dancers Association audition.
BIG CHANCE: Tahlia Downey (in red) and Sarah Ross during The Young Dancers Association audition. Brenda Strong

The dancers selected from the auditions will rehearse under these professionals and also have the opportunity to perform alongside internationally renowned principal dancers of the Australian Ballet Company, Daniel Gaudiello and Lana Jones.

Daniel and Lana will perform a spectacular pas de deux as well as dance the leading roles in The Magic Toyshop.

"The young dancers get to dance with the creme de la creme," Ms Barker said.

"The benefits for the local dancers have been enormous in so many ways."

The show will be performed the weekend of January 24.

Those interested in becoming involved in the production should contact Wendy Barker on 0416 233 993.

BIG CHANCE: Tahlia Downey (in red) and Sarah Ross during The Young Dancers Association audition.
BIG CHANCE: Tahlia Downey (in red) and Sarah Ross during The Young Dancers Association audition. Brenda Strong


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