Guyra ballet students were transformed into Spanish street urchins on Friday night.
Eight girls from around the region auditioned at the TAS Hoskins Centre on Friday afternoon to perform in Melbourne City Ballet’s production of Carmen, based on Bizet’s opera about gypsies and matadors.
Savannah Roberts, 16, and Molly Brazier, 11, of Guyra, and Caitlin Jubb, 15, Georgia Bursle, 11, and Jaz Davis, 12, of Armidale – all from Guyra-based school Australian Dance Enterprises – were the lucky five picked to appear with the artists.
This was the first time the New England dancers had appeared in a show, but they already have their eyes set on stardom as professional dancers – “if we don’t get an injury!”.
“It’s a very good opportunity for us as country dancers,” the girls said, “for what we want to do when we’re older.”
Melbourne City Ballet have been touring Australia since May, giving local children a chance to dance onstage.
“We want to give kids a taste for performing at a young age,” said the company’s Brendan Bradshaw.