Australian Ballet keeps Casino students on their toes
IT'S not often you get eight-year-old boys trying out ballet, but somehow the Australian Ballet managed it.
Casino West Public School was visited by the Out There program in which the Australian Ballet has been visiting schools across the Northern Rivers and running workshops.
"We wanted to be able to show that ballet is more than just tutus and pointe shoes," Dance Education Ensemble leader Fi Koski said.
"The program started in 2006 and has grown exponentially as we demonstrate to the students that dance is for males and females."
The first workshop of the day was for Year 2 students.
Dancers Kristopher Yates and Madeleine Murray had the children warming up and moving using all parts of their bodies.
"It teaches the children kinetic movement and makes them aware of their spatial area," Ms Koski said.
The workshop is designed to foster movement skills, fitness and encourage artistic expression.
Year 2 students Leila Sumbeiywa, Mahaylia Vella and Trent Llewellyn agreed they had had fun in the workshop and enjoyed the exercises.
"It was energetic and you could keep healthy," Trent said.
The workshop was followed by a dance performance.