Queensland Ballet's Education Teaching Artists will be in Mount Isa this week on their Community Engagement tour, bringing a touch of ballet magic to the region.
From August 11-12, the Education Teaching Artists will be at the Mount Isa School of Dance for their education and community workshops, one of 15 locations across Queensland.
The tour had been suspended due to Queensland Government travel restrictions and was finally approved after a robust plan was developed in alignment with Queensland Government guidelines and the AusDance Dance and Physical Performing Arts COVID Safe Plan.
The workshops aim to inspire regional communities and provide them the opportunity to experience the physical, social and emotional benefits of dance.
The workshops are catered 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. Children from six to 17-years-old will also delight in tailored ballet workshops.
The tour also includes In-School workshops and teacher professional development. 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 Artistic Director Li Cunxin 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.
"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 artform," he added.
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.
Registrations for the workshops are required to ensure the program adheres to social distancing regulations.
To register your spot, head to www.queenslandballet.com.au/community/regional-and-international-programs/2020-regional-school-and-community-workshops
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