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July 5 at 9:36 AM · 

COAST BALLET STUDENTS HIT THE ROAD WITH NANNY MCPHEE

Four students of Gwen Wilson's First Position Ballet School at Ashmore will perform in a production of Nanny Mcphee, a stunning ballet adaptation of the feature film of the same name starring Emma Thompson. Produced by the National Conservatoire Dance Company, run by Sarah Brown, Nanny McPhee will tour in Queensland this month.Angelique Cassillis-Pope of Carrara, Paris Porter of Benowa, Madeline Johnson of Ashmore, and Ruby Henwood-Odgers of Southport will perform main roles in the upcoming ballet. They are pictured with their teacher Mis Diane ata dress rehearsal.This is a phenomenal achievement for these local dancers.Although Gwen Wilson's First Position Ballet School is a new venture for head teacher Dianne, it had its humble beginnings around 5 years ago when Dianne and mum Gwen started a not-for-profit venture run out of local halls to give back to the community. It was also a logical extension of a life-long family commitment to song and dance and entertaining the elderly, as well as Dianne’s own significant career and training in ballet.The dream was to absorb much of the cost and provide affordable and accessible classes for children and people of all abilities disenfranchised by, or not able to afford, traditional training. Students at the new Ashmore studio enthusiastically take part in an annual concert and can also participate in the Australian Institute of Classical Dance exams and assessments.This year four students will participate in competitions, and two have been selected to perform on the Royal Caribbean cruise liner in December.Nanny McPhee will be performed in Kingston at the Kingston Butter Factory on Friday July 6th, at the Somerset Civic Centre in Esk on July 7th, and at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba on July 8th.