ELEGANT: Jessica Smith and Sarah Ross in rehearsal with The Young Dancers Association at the Uniting Church hall.
ELEGANT: Jessica Smith and Sarah Ross in rehearsal with The Young Dancers Association at the Uniting Church hall. Mike Richards

Talented dancers set to work with the best

TALENTED local dancers will gather with others from across Queensland and Australia to deliver a beautiful performance to Gladstone and Bundaberg residents.

The Young Dancers Association will perform an adaptation of the Massine classic La Boutique Fantasque, called The Magic Toyshop.

The ballet production will see 80 of the region's talented dancers work with nationally renowned performers to recreate the classic.

Young Dancers Association's secretary Nola Keogh said the cast was busily preparing for the show.

"This performance offers more to the audience than our past shows, including dancers, actors and even clowning, showcasing some of the best local talent in the Gladstone and Bundaberg regions and will be held in January 2015 at the GECC and also in Bundaberg," she said.

"Taking part in such productions bridges the gap between the classroom and possible careers in the arts."

This is the fourth performance the Young Dancers Association has held in the Gladstone region.

Artistic director Wendy Barker said the local talent showcased was astounding.

"We have young dancers and adults who enjoy amateur theatre in Gladstone who have taken to the character roles very well.

"For our local dancers the opportunity is amazing, in particular for the senior dancers, whose techniques are already quite accomplished."

Costumes have already been designed by Melbourne designer Anastacia La Fey.

Ms Barker described them as "very unique".

There are still spaces for dancers in the performance from the age of six to a senior level.

If you are interested phone Wendy Barker on 0416 233 993.

THE SHOW

  • Local adaptation of the Massine classic La Boutique Fantasque: The Magic Toyshop
  • Performed at the GECC in January 2015
  • 80 regional dancers
  • Support and sponsors are needed


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