Wednesday, 06 March 2013 13:03

Local dancers shine in Stars for Saskatchewan ballet

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Local dancers had the unique opportunity to be a part of a professional ballet production over the weekend, when the Swift Current Allied Arts Council's Stars for Saskatchewan series presented Ballet Jörgen's Swan Lake. For Cheyenne Schulze and Jayla Walker, having the chance to put their combined 28 years of ballet practice to use was priceless.

 

 

“It was really amazing,” said 17-year old Schulze, who has been dancing since the age of 3. “It was an incredible experience, and the best part was being able to see how advanced you can really go with dance.”

 

Schulze practices and stretches each day, and twice a week attends dance class from 5-10pm. She studies ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, and musical theatre, and is hoping to pursue a career in the industry – either as a dancer, or as a teacher.

 

“This is something that will really look great on my resume,” she added. “Applying for school or for future jobs, this is something that shows that not only have I participated in dance within my own community, but that I've also been a part of something way bigger than that.”

 

The dancers were required to learn their parts on Thursday night before a rehearsal on Friday. Both Schulze and Walker caught on quickly, but admitted that they felt a bit nervous leading up to the Saturday night performance.

 

“It was a little stressful,” said 16- year old Walker. “I feel like even though I had a smaller part, it still added to the final performance, and I think I did a good job.”

 

A huge benefit for the young dancers was having the chance to talk with the professional dancers involved with the production. Schulze noted that she was able to pick up some important advice on how to be more successful in the industry.

 

“It was really good, even just watching them,” Walker added. “They really took my breath away with how easy they made everything look. Just to be with those company dancers, it's really my dream.”

 

Both girls are still riding high from the performance, and are excited to continue pursuing dance as a career option. For Walker, it was an important opportunity to see what the lifestyle is like, and she's already looking forward to her future in dance.

 

“There's so much freedom in dance, you can really do whatever you want,” she said. “I love the way that you can express yourself openly, without anyone judging you.”

 

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