TUTU TIME: Dancers from the Alstonville Dance Studio prepare for World Tutu Day. They are, from front left, Gemma Kubelka of Wollongbar, and Alyce Polak of Alstonville. From back left, Faith Finlayson of Lennox Head, Eliza Polak of Alstonville, and Selina Turner of Lismore.
TUTU TIME: Dancers from the Alstonville Dance Studio prepare for World Tutu Day. They are, from front left, Gemma Kubelka of Wollongbar, and Alyce Polak of Alstonville. From back left, Faith Finlayson of Lennox Head, Eliza Polak of Alstonville, and Selina Turner of Lismore. Cathy Adams

One, tutu, three, get ready for fun

BALLET dancers will be pirouetting into the New Year, with regular classes at the Alstonville Dance Studio resuming today and the integrated Sunday dance program Sprung!! starting on February 2.

The start of the 2014 Sprung!! program will coincide with World Tutu day which aims to raise funds for scholarships and bursaries to the Australian Ballet School.

World Tutu Day celebrations will start at the Alstonville dance studio with an open ballet and repertoire class run by former Australian Ballet dancer Ben Stuart-Carberry 9.30-11.30am for the region's more serious classical dancers.

The Sprung!! program will kick off at 11.30am with an integrated classical ballet class, led by Mr Stuart-Carberry, until 1pm.

Tutus are a must on the day and will be provided by the organisers.

Sprung!! was launched in 2012 as joint project by Suzanne Whiteman, the director of Alstonville dance studio and Robyn Brady, the pediatrician and creative arts practitioner of Planet Creature.

The workshops will be run one Sunday a month to begin with, combining dancers with and without disabilities.

Ms Whiteman said this year, the program would aim to set up a mentor system for the dancers.

"This year we're going to have a lot of associate artists working with the group," she said.

"We're hoping to have around 40 involved."

The students are given the opportunity to learn a diverse range of styles, choreography and improvisation.

Ms Whiteman said the workshops will be working towards a triple bill performance at the end of the year.

"The (performance) pieces are going to be evolving form the workshops."

 

Sprung!!

For more information visit sprung.me or phone Suzanne Whiteman on 6686 2520.



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