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Queensland celebrates tutu birthdays

Queensland Seniors Weeks is sharing it’s 60th birthday with another iconic organisation – the Queensland Ballet.

To celebrate the dual milestone, Queensland Seniors Week organisers and Queensland Ballet company artists have come together to create a special event for the commemorative week of activities which get underway this Saturday, August 15.

“Research conducted by Queensland Ballet has shown that Ballet for Seniors led to positive wellbeing outcomes, particularly feeling more energetic/animated, keeping in shape, bodily control/awareness, posture, flexibility, physical wellbeing, and overall wellbeing,” said Queensland Seniors Week coordinator, Lisa Hodgkinson.

While the ballet company has had to postpone it’s 2020 production schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s dance instructors are set to host a very special virtual class for Seniors as part of the week’s celebrations.

“The beauty of virtual events is you can access them from anywhere!” said Ms Hodgkinson.

“They also provide a safe way for us to celebrate with one and other.”

“This year the  Queensland Government, Queensland Ballet, and COTA Queensland have partnered together to bring you four very special Virtual Seniors in the Studio dance classes.”

There are four virtual ballet classes to choose from – click on the links below for more details:

Ballet for Seniors Beginners – https://qldseniorsweek.org.au/event/virtual-seniors-in-the-studio-ballet-for-beginners/

Ballet for Seniors Intermediate – https://qldseniorsweek.org.au/event/virtual-seniors-in-the-studio-intermediate-ballet-class/

Seniors Repertoire class – https://qldseniorsweek.org.au/event/ballet-repertoire/

Seniors Jazz class – https://qldseniorsweek.org.au/event/ballet-repertoire/

Bookings for any of the above classes are essential and a link to the class you have registered for will be sent you prior to the class.

Ms Hodgkinson said classes will be taught by Queensland Ballet’s highly skilled Teaching Artists and be accompanied by live piano music.

“All classes will take place at Queensland Ballet’s studios in West End and be live-streamed via Zoom so that anyone, anywhere can enjoy the day,” she said.

Like many organisations, Queensland Ballet continues to face challenging and uncertain times, so if you are able to, please consider making a donation.

Any donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and will go directly to keeping their dancers and team employed, so they can continue to keep the magic of ballet alive in Queensland and on the world stage.

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