Future ballerinas get star opportunity

JOHN MCKENZIE
Last updated 13:47 02/11/2012
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GETTING A LESSON: Naomi Ellis, 8, in the pink dress and 10-year-old Victoria-Rose Malia Manu, in the purple dress, perform virtually with Royal NZ Ballet dancer Katherine Grange.

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Aspiring dancers can perform alongside the rock stars of ballet on a virtual stage in Wellington.

Naomi Ellis, 8, and Victoria-Rose Malia Manu, 10, were the first to dance beside one of the country's best ballerinas at Reading Courtenay Centre today.

The girls moves were projected on to a big screen so it appeared as if they were dancing with Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer Katherine Grange, whose elegant moves were recorded and played on the screen.

Despite some nerves, the two girls enjoyed being up on the screen.

''It was quite complicated but I enjoyed it,'' Victoria said.

For Naomi the experience was not as scary as ''being on a real stage''.

Ms Grange said she thought it was a great opportunity for the young girls.

''It's a good way to get started, they're possible ballet dancers of the future.''

Anyone can have a go until 7pm tonight and between 11am and 7pm tomorrow, before the screen is set up in Auckland on November 24.

People can visit www.centre-stage.co.nz and learn ballet at home and record their moves. 

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- The Dominion Post

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