Students’ insight into world of dance


Real experience: Dance students taking lessons from professionals at Somerville. Picture: Supplied

PENINSULA Ballet Ensemble students got an insight into the life of a professional dance company during a Sydney Dance Company in-studio workshop at Somerville.

The workshop delivered by the company’s teaching artists was designed to support students’ live-performance experience of the company’s current nationally touring work: Bonachela/Nankivell/Lane. It included a contemporary technique warm-up and repertoire with a composition task used by the company to generate new movement for Rafael Bonachela’s work Cinco. Through this composition task, students experienced the process used by the company to create and perform new and original movement.

PBE teacher and former Sydney Dance Company principal and soloist Andrea Mercurio said it was “wonderful” that the company was able to run the workshop and share its skills and expertise.

“The workshop provided students with an opportunity to learn about the creative process in their own space with an experience that was real and personal,” she said. “It also provided students with inspiration to continue exploring, growing and achieving.”

Peninsula Ballet Ensemble is a not-for-profit community performing arts school staffed by teachers who all have dance and performance experience. It offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics and drama using internationally-recognised Cecchetti Ballet Australia and Australian Teachers of Dance training methods.

Details: Call Peninsula Ballet Ensemble 0421 574 659 or email

Sydney Dance Company is performing at Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday 18 May.

First published in the Western Port Times – 14 May 2019