Students from Dance Energy Studios in Lismore and Ballina
Students from Dance Energy Studios in Lismore and Ballina

Ballet sends message to school bullies



EVEN beautiful ballerinas are sometimes bullied.

When Suzanna Bowen asked her dance students what was the worst thing about school, the answer was unanimous: "When you're kicked out of your group."

And so Odyssey ? A Story of Survival was born.

The dance and drama extravaganza, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Dance Energy Studios in Lismore and Ballina, tells the story of a girl who is bullied at school and retreats to her bedroom.

"It happens all the time, so I wanted to send people a message of how to keep positive and not lose hope," said Ms Bowen.

"I also wanted to send a message to bullies to show them how much power they have and how hurtful they can be."

Almost 300 performers will take part in the show at the Lismore City Hall from 7 tonight, and after yesterday's final rehearsal Ms Bowen said they were positively buzzing.

"They're all very excited," she said.

"We've got boys and girls between the ages of three and 20, and for a lot of the younger ones this is their first big show."

The dancers and actors have been rehearsing for the big night for six months, some four times a week.

The show will feature classical ballet, hip-hop, jazz/funk and contemporary dances, as well as a drama piece and video images projected onto a big screen.

"Anyone who comes along will be totally entertained," said Ms Bowen.

"This is something completely different."

Tickets are available from NORPA, or at the door, at $15 for adults, $10 concession holders or pensioners, and $7 children.



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