A host of ballet dancers impressed the audience with their best routines at this year’s Dance Inc. Ballet Awards, which were held at St Ursula’s School on Friday evening, 3 November.
The 52 dancers – one boy and 51 girls – ranging from Level 1 to 6 were awarded gold and silver medals in the ceremony that followed shortly after their graceful performances. Ballet and Pilates teacher, Carla Turner, who instructs all 52 dancers mostly during weekends, hosted the evening, while Betty Blake from the American Academy of Ballet was the judge.
The show kicked off with a lovely performance by four lemon-yellow-clad ballerinas who performed two dances. As the ballerinas warmed up, they incorporated crops what does this mean? into their routines. Another group then graced the stage, looking like real black swans in their black costumes.
The Level 3 dancers took to the stage next, adding a humorous element to their beach-themed routine. As expected, many parents (ballet moms and dads) came to watch the show in support of their young ballet stars, and together with grandparents, siblings and other family members showed their love by taking photos and videos of the performances, with loud applause after each routine.
“We received 52 medals – 10 gold and 42 silver medals – with both distinction and double distinction. The dancers did their best,” said Carla.
Since 2011, Dance Inc. has won 400 medals under the leadership of Carla, who started teaching ballet in 1997. Masechaba Molisana won the award for Best Lips – an award for big smiles on stage and no talking backstage. “The Best Lips award is for the dancer with the biggest smiles every time she’s on stage, and for not talking backstage, because young ballerinas need to learn discipline and professionalism,” said Carla.
The News asked Carla what the maximum age is for one to join the ballet class and she said there is no cut-off age –interested Krugersdorpers can join her for a free trial ballet class. “You are never too old to move with grace. I love teaching ballet and I teach all ages. I’m passionate about all my dancers,” said Carla.
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