Queensland Ballet's Education Teaching Artists will be packing their bags and hitting the open road, taking school and community workshops to 14 locations across regional Queensland including Mount Isa.
The tour had been suspended due to travel restrictions and was finally approved after a plan was developed in alignment with Queensland Government guidelines and COVID Safe Plan.
The workshops aim to inspire regional communities and provide the opportunity to experience the physical, social and emotional benefits of dance and will be held at the Mount Isa School of Dance.
Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO says it is a big step in the right direction for the Company, after its entire 2020 season was postponed to 2021.
"Our community engagement tour is so important for us to connect with our local and regional communities, especially during this unprecedented time when our theatres remain closed," Mr Li said.
"One of those regional communities that we are looking forward to is Mount Isa which will be on August 11 and 12.
"Our workshops provide such wonderful opportunities for communities to come together and experience the joys of dance. Whether you enjoy the physical movement, the social aspect or the outlet of creative expression, these workshops are a fantastic way to experience our incredible art form," he said.
The workshops cater for all ages and abilities with something on offer for everyone. Community classes, range from QB Petit Pointers aimed to enthral the littlest lovers of dance, to a tailored Ballet for Adults class for mature active adults.
The tour also includes In-School workshops. The In-School workshops provide safe, educative and inclusive dance experiences for students in kindergartens and schools. Queensland Ballet's In-School workshops complement the Early Years Learning Framework, Australian Curriculum and Senior Dance Syllabus.
Queensland Ballet Education Manager Martha Godber said "All workshops will adhere to COVID safe guidelines and Queensland Ballet's strict WHS processes to ensure the safety of our teaching artists and participants is prioritised at all times."
"Education Teaching Artists and participants will have to follow guidelines, including keeping 1.5 metres apart at all times. Certain choreography has also been adapted, including partnering activities, pas de deux, sharing of props or costumes and collaborative group work," she said.
"We're thrilled to welcome back our community of dance class participants, who bring so much energy to our studios. Our teaching artists get so much joy sharing their knowledge of dance, and we know our community enjoys participating," said Mr Li.
Online classes are still available for those who prefer to dance in the comfort of their own home. For more information and to book a community class go to www.queenslandballet.com.au/classes
Registrations for the school and community workshops are required to ensure all necessary contact details are recorded and the program adheres to the 4m2 per person regulation.
Link to Mount Isa work shops below.
Tuesday August 11 Mount Isa In-School Workshops Schools and Kindergartens, Mount Isa Community Class 6-11years, Community Class 12 - 17 years Students 12 - 17 years.
Wednesday August 12 Mount Isa In-School Workshops Schools and Kindergartens,Teacher PD Workshop Teachers (all year levels), Mount Isa QB Petit Pointers Children 2-5 yrs and Mount Isa Ballet for Adults Mature.
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