i-Dance students go to top of the class

December 02, 2017

Chelsea Berryman, Kajini Karunanayake, Tom Kilborn, Cassandra Gadsden and Maia Allen have received a distinction for their ballet exams. Photo by Luke Hemer.

FIVE ballet students from i-Dance Echuca have received the highest of honors in their recent examinations.

The five students, all in different stages, received distinctions from an examiner from the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

The examiner spent a few days in town recently to test the students and grade them accordingly.

i-Dance principal Jacqui Kornmann said the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet is based on the Vaganova (Russian) ballet method and she couldn’t be prouder of her students.

‘‘Students train throughout the year and are examined in September, finishing off the year in performance training for their ballet concert,’’ she said.

‘‘As a teacher it just shows we are doing the right thing and it gives so much confidence to our students.

‘‘It is a very tough method of ballet and not many dancers get to this level so to have five who got distinctions was incredible.’’

Jacqui said the five students, Tom Kilborn (pre-primary), Chelsea Berryman (primary), Kajini Karunanayake (level 1), Maia Allen (level 1) and Cassandra Gadsden (level 4), all train two or more times a week.

‘‘They have worked really hard for this,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a very technical method so we train the first term to get their brains around the syllabus before they train through terms two and three.

‘‘This accolade also gives their parents the confidence that their child is always progressing.’’

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