10th Anniversary of Ballet Ireland Summer School at The Burnavon

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BALLET Ireland has just completed its 10th series of workshops at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, with sixty girls from age 6 taking part in a range of activities during a very exciting and busy week.

In addition to learning intensive dance routines, the young participants designed and created their own costume accessories and props.

As in previous years, the workshops took place under the expert guidance of Ballet Ireland’s Education Officer, Stephen Brennan, ably assisted this year by Emma Madden and Jordi Calpe Serrats

Chairman of the Arts and Cultural Sub Committee, Councillor Trevor Wilson who called in during the workshops was delighted with the attendance and with the ongoing success and popularity of the summer scheme.

He said “Cookstown is the only venue in Northern Ireland included in Ballet Ireland’s summer workshop tour and we are therefore very fortunate to be able to offer this special opportunity to young people from our district and beyond.”

“The ballet workshops have been a hugely successful element of the Council’s Arts and Cultural Development programme over the past ten years and we have been delighted to see the interest in this initiative grow year on year. ”

The culmination of all the hard work came in the form of a finale performance of “Treasure Island ” for family and friends on Friday afternoon, when the young cast performed in front of a capacity audience.

In his opening remarks at the show, Cookstown District Council Chairman Councillor Sean Clarke commented “The work and preparation which Ballet Ireland and our young participants put into preparing for today’s show is enormous and we are greatly indebted to everyone involved, particularly Education Officer, Stephen Brennan. This performance has been put together in the space of just four days and the level of achievement is matched only by the level of enjoyment among both cast and audience. ”

After the performance Councillor Clarke presented all the participants with certificates and congratulated them on their achievements and Ballet Ireland on their dedication and professionalism throughout the week.