Armidale balletomanes will have a chance to plie, glissade, and saute next month.
Ballet Workshops Australia will hold a three-day summer dance workshop from January 14 to 16, featuring Australian and international guest teachers.
The workshop is open to all abilities and experience levels, from seven-year-olds to adults, and is hosted by Colette Brazier's Australian Dance Enterprises of New England.
"Colette asked to come and organise a local workshop after some of her lovely students attended our winter workshop in Inverell," BWA's Laura Bailey said. "It's a great way to foster a sense of community amongst the dance schools in nearby towns."
The workshop will end with a free community concert on January 16 at 3.30pm: a time-out from drought to share in the joy that dance brings.
BWA is an organisation of professional dancers, teachers, and choreographers who conduct enrichment dance programs in regional towns.
BWA will visit several towns in north-west NSW and south-east Queensland - including Tamworth on January 17-19, and Moree on January 20-22 - to hold dance workshops with local dance schools.
BWA has also started a Dancers for Drought initiative as part of their summer workshop tour. They will deliver dance wear and costumes donated from all over Australia to the dancers and dance schools in severely drought-affected towns where financial hardships make everyday life difficult - let alone extras such as dance costumes.
BWA will offer several sponsored positions at each workshop so that a few students may attend free of charge.
Ballet Workshops Australia is supported by many highly regarded dancing organisations such as the Australian Ballet Company, Sydney Dance Company, Bloch Dance Australia, Ballet Emporium, Tanya Pearson Academy.
All are proud supporters of BWA's efforts to reach regional communities with dance opportunities, especially in these times of hardship due to the drought.