Queensland Ballet & Arrow Energy announce new dance partnership
Arrow Energy and Queensland Ballet have today announced a new partnership that will deliver dance workshops and professional development to an increased number of primary and secondary students and teachers across the state.
Queensland Ballet’s Dance+ workshops are a core component of the Queensland Ballet’s education program, teaching ballet technique, creative movement and modern dance styles to regional youth.
With the support of Arrow Energy, Queensland Ballet hopes to increase teacher and student participant numbers in Dance+ by at least 35 per cent in 2012.
“Queensland Ballet is dedicated to sharing our love of dance with as many people as possible,” Queensland Ballet Chief Executive Officer Anna Marsden said.
“The partnership with Arrow Energy will help us bring the benefits of QBLEARN, our education and youth program, to even more young people across Queensland.”
Arrow Energy Chief Executive Officer Andrew Faulkner said this partnership helps his company to deliver key priorities: healthy lifestyle opportunities and improved recreation and culture in communities where the company operates.
“I am pleased Arrow Energy now has a partnership with a premier Queensland cultural organisation such as Queensland Ballet,” he said.
“Arrow is now a major sports sponsor, through our partnership with the Brisbane Broncos, and a major cultural sponsor as well.”
The partnership was announced this week as part of the launch of Queensland Ballet’s new youth and education program QBLEARN. The partnership will deliver free workshops to primary and secondary school students in Dalby, Toowoomba, Townsville, Maryborough and Mt Isa and professional development opportunities for dance teachers in Gladstone, Toowoomba and Brisbane.
QBLEARN is built on three aims: to engage, enhance and inspire a love of dance. Its Dance+ workshops are designed with teachers and students in mind and activities are curriculum relevant, highly enjoyable and connect to further learning pathways.
Piran Scott is currently a company dancer at Queensland Ballet who grew up in Mackay. He said he hoped the partnership would rejuvenate understanding and appreciation of classical ballet and dance among young people in regional Queensland.
“When I was nine years old, I attended a workshop and a performance by Queensland Ballet in Mackay,” Mr Scott said.
“Having the opportunity to learn more about classical ballet and what life as a professional ballet dancer was like made me realise I wanted to dance professionally.
“I think our new education program is very exciting. It’s really important to keep ballet prominent in the regional communities, particularly among the younger generation, to keep this beautiful art form alive.”