Queensland Ballet dancer adopted by local school

INSPIRATION: Students at The Barre School in Boonah with their adopted ballerina, Lou Spichtig. Photos: supplied.
INSPIRATION: Students at The Barre School in Boonah with their adopted ballerina, Lou Spichtig. Photos: supplied.

The Barre Dance School in Boonah held a workshop on October 8 as part of Queensland Ballet’s Adopt-a-Dancer program.

Principal Julie Barnes said the school had ‘adopted’ Lou Spichtig, a dancer with Queensland Ballet, who attended the workshop and took three one-hour classes.

“We had 50 children on the day and they had a great time, they absolutely loved it,” she said.

“Lou will be our dancer for the year, so she will write to the kids and come out to their end-of-year concert too.”

Miss Julie said Ms Spichtig spoke to the children about the importance of talking to the audience with beautiful, expressive arms, as well as talking to the boys about how to be a good partner when dancing with girls.

“Lou even took time to give pointe shoe tips to the senior dancers,” she said.

HUGS: Children say thank you to their Queensland Ballet dancer.

HUGS: Children say thank you to their Queensland Ballet dancer.

“We also had students from dance schools in Kooralbyn and Rosewood.

“I’ve developed a relationship with other dance teachers in the area, so I always extend an invitation to them when we have something special happening.”

Miss Julie said this was the second year they had taken part in the Adopt-a-Dancer programme.

There is a cost involved but the school held a fundraiser so children wouldn’t have to pay to participate and the effort was well worth it, she said.

“Every ballet class ends with a curtsey but at the end of Lou’s class with the younger dancers, they just ran up and hugged her,” she said.

“It was just beautiful.”