Tamborine Mountain to host winter school holiday Queensland Ballet camp

DANCE: Children at the school holiday ballet camp held at Beaudesert in October. Photo: Tom Bushnell

DANCE: Children at the school holiday ballet camp held at Beaudesert in October. Photo: Tom Bushnell

THE Queensland Ballet is returning to the Scenic Rim to reprise its popular four-day dance camp during the winter school holidays.

Students from five to 16 years of age will be kept on their toes learning the three main dance techniques of ballet, jazz and contemporary in a program catering for all levels of skill and experience.

Scenic Rim Regional Council is featuring the dance camp in its July school holiday line-up after calls for an encore following the Queensland Ballet's program in Beaudesert in October last year.

This year, Tamborine Mountain will take centre stage with the dance camp to be held at the Vonda Youngman Community Centre from Tuesday 9 July to Friday, 12 July from 9am to 3pm.

Queensland Ballet's Education and Engagement Co-ordinator Lily Spencer said the camp would be split into two groups - juniors five to 11 years of age and seniors 12 to 17 years of age.

"Dancers can expect a fun-filled four days no matter their skill level and even if they have never danced before," she said.

"The camp is based on fun and learning rather than strict technique."

Ms Spencer said children would also enjoy craft activities like putting together costumes and stage sets.

"On the fourth day there will be a short performance for parents to see what their children have learned during the camp."

Ms Spencer said since its inception in 1960 Queensland Ballet had been dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence, dance education and the innovative presentation of classical repertoire.

Payment of $180 per child for the four-day camp, which includes a souvenir t-shirt, is required in advance, with tickets available online through the liveatthecentre.com.au website.

Dancers are asked to bring a drink bottle, morning tea and lunch and wear clothing suitable for physical activity.