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Dear Friends of The Australian Ballet School. I am pleased to present you
There is no doubt that 2016 will be remembered as a landmark year in the School’s history, with the opening of Marilyn Rowe House and our super sensational inaugural Showcase performance at the Sydney Opera House topping and tailing the year.
As we close the year, my thanks to the Chair and Directors of the Board for
And to the students, I wish to acknowledge the beautiful performances they have given this year – they have been truly breathtaking – with precision, clarity of technique
There are so many things to say and so many people to thank
From all of us at the School, may I wish you all a joyous Christmas,
Lisa Pavane, Director of The Australian Ballet School
SHOWCASE 2016 AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
The School's first ever performance at the Sydney Opera House was a great success in so many ways. The huge logistical challenge was conquered due to the outstanding efforts of students, staff and supporters who worked hard to create this historic event and make our mark on Sydney. Click the icon below to read a review of the show.
"a high level of technique and skill...
|Dance Australia Review|
|Dance Informa Review|
THE SNOW QUEEN
The School's performance of The Snow Queen was enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences and this fairytale ballet choreographed by Petal Miller-Ashmole (pictured) continues to be a favourite with children and adults alike.
"The dancers at The Australian Ballet School are consistently fabulous and utterly superb! ... blew Melbourne audiences away"
GRADUATION AND AWARDS
The School recently held its Graduation and Awards ceremony and
we wish to congratulate all our students for their achievements in 2016.
Following is a list of those who earned qualifications. For a full
list of graduations and awards please click on the link below
Graduate Diploma of Elite Dance Instruction
Awarded following the successful completion of all units of competency
and is generally completed part-time over a period of 2 to 3 years.
Graduating this year: Kirsty Martin
Diploma of Dance Elite Performance
Advanced Diploma of Dance Elite Performance
|Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet
The Class of 2016…
Jacob de Groot
Maggie de Koning
Pol Andres Thio
ASCENSION IN CHINA
Level 7 students represented the School in China this year, performing Leigh Rowles' Ascension as part of the Beijing Dance Performance Series hosted by Beijing Dance Academy. Students performing were Serena Graham, Matthew Bradwell, Noah Dunlop, Joseph Romancewicz and Dominic Possingham.
2016 has been ambitious and exhilarating for The Australian Ballet School and is a testament to the tremendous support we receive from our friends, Patrons, Corporate Partners, The Australian Ballet and the Australian Government.
Thank you for playing your part in where ballet begins. It has been through the generosity of our donors, with gifts large and small, that helped us achieve some of our great moments in 2016
2017 is going to be another successful year of training excellence and innovation at The Australian Ballet School, complemented by engaging community programmes and performances which will thrill and delight audiences in Melbourne and Sydney.
We continue to be able achieve our big dreams with the help of all our friends -
the very biggest thank you possible from The Australian Ballet School
and the Development team.
Our very best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year, we look
forward to letting you know our 2017 plans early in the New Year.
MARILYN ROWE HOUSE
Life in Marilyn Rowe House has continued at blistering speed in the final term
of this year. With students involved in both the Sydney Showcase and
The Snow Queen, everyone has been concentrating on delivering
a great show and finishing the year on a high.
From a House perspective, our final event of the year was the inaugural end of year dinner, where all boarders enjoyed a meal at a local restaurant and those that wanted to participate got involved in a student-led Secret Santa. Coming on the back of Sydney Showcase there were a lot of tired faces but everyone got into the spirit of the evening and all seemed to have a great time.
As inevitably happens at the end of a training year, we have to begin to say goodbye
to the students. For all of our boarders who are moving on Chookas for your future. Whatever it may bring, remember you are always welcome in this House.
In October The Australian Ballet School turned PINK, hosting a Pink Ribbon Mufti Day with our students to raise vital funds to beat breast and gynaecological cancers. This was one of many fundraising activities and we thank School Captains, Students and the School Community for supporting worthwhile charities and raising a total of $1402. Funds were raised this year for the following charities:
"Dale, your contribution to the School over the past 20 years has been extraordinary; as a teacher, ballet master, repetiteur, role model, mentor, colleague and friend, you have provided so many with so much.
The legacy you leave is enormous. It is not only through your years of teaching, it extends further back through your career and the contribution you made to dance here in Australia and abroad.
We will greatly miss your honesty, wonderful sense of humour, boisterous laugh, reliability, incredible knowledge and more importantly, the ability to impart it.
Dale we wish you all the very best for your retirement and wish you and Annie the most wonderful joyous years ahead. With much love and admiration."
- Lisa Pavane
"To Janet, on behalf of students and staff, I wish to thank you and acknowledge
your incredible contribution of service to the school over the past 15 years.
You have served and supported not only to our immediate School community, but
also the broader world of dance science medicine. We wish you all the very best for your continued research and we are so pleased that you are excited at the prospect
of spending more time and effort the projects you have coming up.
You will be greatly missed by students and staff."
- Lisa Pavane
We would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a happy and safe holiday.
We hope you rest and recharge before the year turns over and brings with it the excitement and challenges of 2017. With love from all at The Australian Ballet School.
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