Story of one of our sponsored children-Daniel

Hello Readers,

During our Penrith workshop in April this year, we spotted a talented young boy and had the opportunity to sponsor him to go to his local ballet school, Glenbrook Ballet Academy.

Daniel loves ballet. He loved our workshop so much that he tried to teach his sister some moves! He has since sat his first Royal Academy of Dance primary ballet exam.

‘'I was so excited to hear that Daniel had won a scholarship from you. He came back from the class he took so inspired and ready to take on the ballet world.

Since then he has gone from strength to strength and has been working so hard for his Primary ballet exam. He really is such a talented young boy with so much promise and potential. He has incredibly strong legs and feet and beautiful turnout and he loves to jump, all the traits for a ballet master in the making.”

-Miss Ilona, Daniel’s teacher at Glenbrook Ballet Academy

We are so proud to have been able to support Daniel in his love of ballet and look forward to following Daniel’s ballet journey.

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Davis Giotopoulos

Recently I had the pleasure of taking class with Davis Giotopoulos-Moore who has just received a contract with the Eifman Ballet. (He was taking class and I was flailing around!) He has also just graduated from the Bolshoi Academy, one of the first Australian ballet dancers to do so. Before he escapes to Russia I managed to get quick coffee and interview in with him.

Why Ballet?

I actually started dancing because of my sister when I was young and have always loved it.

2. What was the hardest part about becoming a professional dancer? What obstacles did you have to overcome?

Not having the right physique, flexibility or jumps. That has been the biggest challenge and I have had to consistently work on that.

3. What inspires you to work hard/harder every day?

The idea that I would be able to dance professionally on stage one day. (Which has now become a reality)

4. Favourite ballet to dance?

I really enjoy Sleeping Beauty but I know many find it boring!

5. What is a typical misconception that people have about ballet?

People assume that ballet is not hard. That men go on pointe! I get asked that all the time, if my feet are sore!

6. How accessible was ballet to you when you were growing up?

My parents were very supportive, and it was very accessible. All my siblings have pursued creative fields. We were also home schooled so I was removed from some of those environments where I would be bullied.

7. Do you feel that all children have an opportunity to participate in ballet? What would you feel are some of the obstacles that children may face?

Its not accessible to everyone, some kids would have financial problems the fees for ballet schools, costumes, shoes etc. There are big financial implications.

8. Any advice for young dancers wanting to make it in the dance world?

Hard work, hard work, hard work. Perseverance and figuring out whether ballet is for you.  

10. Would you say the competition for male dancers is different from ballerinas.

There are more opportunities because companies need more male dancers, but the standard is getting harder and higher and it is becoming harder to get a job.

Winter School Holiday Workshops

During the winter school holidays BWB ran 2 more workshops in Liverpool and Penrith in collaboration with PCYC. 

We had a wonderful response including 6 boys at our Liverpool workshop! There were many laughs and many plies. The participants enjoyed themselves, learned ballet terminology, steps and choreography as well as fun facts about ballet and nutrition. 

More workshops and locations will be announced soon!

Workshop Success-Penrith

Hello lovely readers,

I am pleased to announce that our first ballet workshop in Penrith was a success with another one to be run in conjunction with PCYC during the winter school holidays in July. 

Our lovely students learned ballet basics such as common ballet positions, turns, jumps and interesting ballet facts. We also ran a nutrition session sponsored by Harris Farm and had some lovely goody bags to hand out at the end of class. 

Thank you to all the students and my two wonderful teachers, Mitch and Sharyn for making this day so wonderful!
xx

Katia

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Ballet and Innovation

Recently I have been fortunate enough to participate in the Ci2016 innovation conference. It was extremely interesting, full of motivational speakers who spoke about innovation from the perspective of enabling humans to live better lives. 

A presence that was missing came from the arts sector. Most of the representatives were large government and private organisations. 

As dancers do we not create every time that we are in the studio, on stage. Our job, surely is to move people. The heart sends up to 15 times more messages that are up to 5000 stronger to the brain then the brain does to the heart. 

There was also interesting discussions around the education system and how this stifles creativity and puts children in a box-to sit exams and write papers. How do we change this perception that creativity is a dead end for a successful and fulfilling career when technology is paving the way precisely for those who are creative and innovative. 

How do we utilise innovation to help dancers? How can we use the technology available to monitor health, to connect those who do not have the pathways to access dance education and performance and foster continuous growth and development of this beautiful art form?

 

Progress...

Hello Readers,

There has been much progress on the Ballet without Borders front.

Everything from letterheads designed to pointe shoes decorated!

We have our list of schools in socio-economically disadvantaged areas, we have our letters written and things are ready to move to the next phase.

If you are reading this and have any insights or connections in the Campbelltown, Busby-Miller-Liverpool area or surrounds, we would love to hear from you! Give us a call on 0410668655 or drop us a line at info@balletwithoutborders.org

On another (but still Ballet related) note, the Australian Ballet's Swan Lake was magnificent. So beautiful and the corps were just stunning.  Big congratulations!