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Echuca’s iDance receives outstanding results in ballet exams

By Riverine Herald

ACHIEVING their best results yet, iDance is thrilled with the recent efforts of their students ballet exams.

Receiving a distinction for their tireless work were Kajini Karunanayake, 12, Maia Allan, 9, Ivy Giorgianni, 8, Chelsea Berryman, 8 and seven year old Tom Kilborn.

Owner and principal Jacqui Kornmann is incredibly proud of her students.

‘‘In first term for ballet students we hold open classes with all the students to learn the basic movements of ballet,’’ she said.

‘‘In second and third term the students learn the actual exam content from the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

‘‘We hold internal exams for all ballet students and then we select some students for an external exam.

‘‘The external exams are held in Echuca and that is where these five students did exceptionally well. Overall our marks were much better and we received many highly commended awards too.’’

iDance’s ballet exams were held over September 22 and 23.

Based on the Russian (Vaganova) method of classical ballet the exam content was devised by Christine Walsh AM. The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet’s 12 year program is designed to suit the needs of all classical ballet students who are unable to take full-time dance training from an early age. The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet training and assessment program emphasise correct placement, dynamics and performing quality which are all qualities inherent in the Vaganova method.

On December 3 the 2019 class timetable was released and enrolments open for all those wanting to start their dance journey at iDance. Styles include ballet, jazz, contemporary, acro for dances, hip hop, tap and lyrical.