Asian tour workshop for locals to showcase their ballet skills

Lee (wearing blazer) striking a pose with five Malaysians who attended a student exchange programme at Ballet West school in UK last year during the press conference at Penangpacin Straits Quay.

LOCAL dance enthusiasts will have the opportunity to showcase their talent and pick up a few skills at the Ballet West Asia Tour 2016 workshop.

The workshop, emphasising on ballet and jazz choreography, is organised for the first time by reputed ballet school, Ballet West and Direct Academia International (DAI).

DAI is the talent scout, which is the ambassador for Ballet West in South-East Asia.

The workshop will be conducted by Ballet West founder Gillian Barton, its principle dancer Jonathan Barton, Genee Finalist 2014 and Ballet West trainee Uyu Hiromoto, trainee Oscar Ward and DAI arts and learning director Audrey Kwan.

The workshop will be held at the Performing Arts Centre of Penang (Penangpac) from 10am to 5pm on June 7, 8 and 9.

Attendees also stand a chance to showcase their talent in a ballet performance and be scouted by Ballet West and DAI.

DAI managing director Shannon Lee said the event is open to those aged 10 and above.

He also said it was a rare opportunity for Malaysians to perform with internationalballet soloists.

“Through this programme, participants can learn new dance techniques and more about the global standards of professional dancing.

“Ballet West was impressed with thefive ballet students who were selected toparticipate in a week-long student exchange programme in the school last year.

“Three of those students were from Penang, resulting in Ballet West choosing Penang as their venue for the workshop,” he said at a press conference held at Penangpac in Straits Quay, Tanjung Tokong on Saturday.

Lee said there were only two Asianperformers in Ballet West and this was a chance for Malaysians to express themselves and showcase their talent.

Tickets for the workshop are priced at RM150.

Registration forms are available at or contact Penangpac at 04-8991722 to register; or Kaili (016-5949624) for further details.

The closing date for registration is May 31.

Tickets for the ballet performance at 8pm on June 12 at 8pm are also available at Penangpac, priced at RM48, RM68 and RM88.

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