LEARN FROM THE BEST: Queensland Ballet academy director Christian Tátchev is one of three dance artists visiting Toowoomba next week.
LEARN FROM THE BEST: Queensland Ballet academy director Christian Tátchev is one of three dance artists visiting Toowoomba next week.

International ballerinas chasse into Toowoomba

THE Darling Downs' own National Conservatoire Ballet Company will host a string of master classes with elite international ballet dancers.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the region's ballet dancers from the age of eight and over.

The master classes will be held on Thursday, September 22 to Saturday, September 24 at Toowoomba PCYC.

International guest artists include Sarah Rowles and Rolande Hooklyn.

Sarah Rowles was the youngest dancer to be accepted into a European ballet company.

Ms Rowles danced with ballet companies in France, Belgium and England.

Rolande Hooklyn was born and raised in France and danced throughout the country before moving to Australia to dance with (what was formerly known as) The Brisbane Dance Company.

Queensland Ballet academy director Christian Tátchev will also teach a master class.

Mr Tátchev trained at the National School of Choreography in Sofia, Bulgaria.

He began his professional career at age 16, dancing his first leading roles shortly after and reaching the rank of principal dancer in 2000.

Mr Tátchev has also worked with the National Opera and Ballet, Ballet Arabesque in Sofia and in South Africa.

He joined Queensland Ballet in 2008 and retired from the stage in 2011.

He was appointed ballet master in 2012 and became academy director in 2013.

These master classes are open to any ballet dancer from any school.

Junior master classes are for students aged eight to 11 and include an open ballet class, speciality class and pre-pointe work.

Senior students can participate in a two-hour open ballet class, a speciality class and pointe work.

For bookings and further information email ncbcdd@gmail.com.


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