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12 June, 2021

Mackay Ballet Workshop pivots forward

STUDIO 53 was the venue for the Mackay Ballet Workshop held over three days last weekend.

International Dance Affair principal, Sandra Danastas, who hosted the workshop said it was attended by almost two hundred of Mackay's finest Ballet dancers from seven studios. 

Ballet students from local dance studios; International Dance Affair, Leisa Payne School of Dance, Fame Talent School, Aspire Performing Arts and Theatre Arts Mackay attended the workshop as well as students from Proserpine dance schools; Dee Jays School of Dance and Chez's House of Dance.

Miss Heidi Landford, director of Prudence Bowen Atelier on the Gold Coast was the guest teacher for the workshop. 

Heidi trained full-time under Prudence Bowen, a Royal Academy of Dance examiner and during this time she was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Genee International Ballet Competition, runner-up in three consecutive Royal Academy of Dance Scholarships and the recipient of several bursaries and awards from eisteddfods in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

Heidi completed all RAD examinations with distinction and finished her Solo Seal in 2009.  

This was Heidi's sixth annual workshop in Mackay. 

She enjoys passing her knowledge and expertise in the RAD Ballet area onto the students in Mackay and has watched them grow and develop over the last six years.

This year the workshop covered Grades 1 to 5 and also major exam work from Intermediate Foundation to Advanced Foundation. 

The participating teachers and students all gained a wealth of knowledge over the weekend.

We wish all students the very best of luck as they continue to work hard for their upcoming RAD Graded and Vocational exams in July and August in Mackay.

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