Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal (front) is keen to see Ruby Teather, 17, of Mullumbimby, advance in her dancing career.
Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal (front) is keen to see Ruby Teather, 17, of Mullumbimby, advance in her dancing career. Marc Stapelberg

Ruby's dance dream getting closer

ALSTONVILLE dancer Ruby Teather is taking some stylish steps in pursuit of her dream to dance professionally.

The 17-year-old who is part of the Alstonville Dance Studio was selected in the Arts Northern Rivers ArtStart mentorship program, and the first practical part of that program was held last week.

Yamba dancer Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal is Ruby’s mentor.

They will work together over the next six months to prepare a 10-minute dance piece that Ruby will perform at a showcase of all the ArtStart mentorship program recipients at the end of this year.

Ruby, whose speciality is contemporary dance, said she was excited to be given such an opportunity.

“I feel being mentored in something I want to go further in is a really good start,” she said.

The mentorship pilot program aims to give those involved in the arts in the Northern Rivers a chance to receive mentorship generally more accessible in the city.

Jade knows too well the plight of dancers living in regional areas.

She left home at the age of 11 to go to the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in Sydney in pursuit of her dance dream.

She achieved it, and went on to work in the United States, Europe and Indonesia.

She has also completed a Masters of Choreography.

Jade said Ruby was a stand-out among the applications for the dance mentorship program as she not only showed a real desire to pursue dancing further, but she also showed an interest in all areas of dance, like choreography.

Meanwhile, the principal of Alstonville Dance Studio, Sue Whiteman, also has been doing her bit to encourage regional dancers by organising renowned dancers to come to the area for workshops.

In that vein, she has arranged for Jade to conduct a workshop at Alstonville on July 31 and August 7.

For more information phone 6686 2520.



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