Our students hit the world stage

September 26, 2017

Wanganui Secondary Park students Abigail Makin and Harry Watson.

Two Wanganui Park Secondary College students will take part in an international ballet program, which will see their knowledge broadcast to prominent schools around the world.

As part of World Ballet Day, Harry Watson and Abigail Makin will take part in the broadcast to ballet schools in Moscow, London, San Francisco and Toronto to share thoughts and expertise about a partnership between four schools of ballet students in Shepparton, and Australian Ballet in Melbourne.

Teacher Kyla McGregor felt incredibly proud of the students and said it was a great opportunity for them to get their name out there.

‘‘After we had a workshop with the company last year, I got an email saying these two students had been handpicked to take part in this, so they’ll be talking about this education program,’’ Ms McGregor said.

‘‘For these students this is a huge opportunity, I’m not sure what opportunities will come in the future, but I’m sure with this partnership there will be access to other things.

‘‘For me, regionally and rurally here, there’s not a great amount of opportunities dance-wise here to work with professional dance companies, so the very fact that we’ve been asked to come down from Shepparton is amazing.

‘‘Even though they’re not dancing, they’re immersed in the world of ballet and that’s just great.’’

Both students have been dancing from a young age and were excited to be taking part in the broadcast on October 5.

‘‘Dancing is my passion and the chance to take part in this is mind-blowing and I wasn’t expecting it at all,’’ Ms Makin said.

‘‘I just like getting on the stage and seeing people amazed or happy, because when people dance it makes you feel good, and it makes me feel good,’’ Mr Watson said.

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