Ballet dancer Riley Howard has been selected to attend a course for aspiring dance professionals in Canada.
Ballet dancer Riley Howard has been selected to attend a course for aspiring dance professionals in Canada. Submitted

Dancer en pointe for Canada

BALLET dancer Riley Baldwin has been selected to study at a Canadian school that has become one of the most respected training institutions in the world for aspiring professional dancers.

The Bundaberg 18-year-old, who is now at the New Zealand School of Dance, has been chosen to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School's Professional Division Summer Session in 2012 as part of the Aspirant Program.

Mr Baldwin said the Aspirant Program was a unique, intensive training program designed specifically for advanced level classical ballet dancers who were making the transition from student to professional dancing.

"I will dance from approximately 9.30am-6pm, six days a week, with classes such as ballet technique, variations and repertoire, modern classes, pas de deux and coaching," Mr Baldwin said.

"The training will be quite different to my previous training, and without a doubt I will benefit from this experience immensely.

"At the end of my stay in Canada I have the opportunity of participating in the school's graduation season as a guest artist."

Mr Baldwin said this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance.



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