Young dancers treated to ballet masterclass

LOCAL up and coming ballet dancers were treated to a world-class visitor when Daniel Gaudiello hosted a masterclass at the Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company (TYBC).

Held last month at the House of Dance studio in Hobart, the former Australian Ballet principal artist shared his expertise with both the junior and senior companies through a standard ballet class and Q&A session.

Company artistic director Shayne Davies said Mr Gaudiello’s visit was an “extremely valuable” opportunity to inspire and shape the future of the students.

“To have him visit our dancers was an honour,” she said.

“They just loved him because he spoke to them like people and cared what they felt.

“That’s rare in a masterclass situation for a teacher to want to connect with you and not just stand at the front and direct.

“It was also quite special for them to understand a bit about where he came from and how hard work can lead you to where you want to be.”

TYBC member Molly Everett-Matthew said she felt “honoured and fortunate” to work with Mr Gaudiello.

She said she had seen some of his videos on social media.

“He shared so much knowledge of technique, performance skills and his experiences as a student and professional,” she said.

“Hearing the tips he brought with him from his training with many different teachers was particularly rewarding, as well as learning about his experiences and struggles as a young dancer and how he overcame them.

“This experience has given me an insight into what a professional ballet career involves and helped me feel more comfortable and confident with a guest teacher so that I can always get the most out of the experience.

“Overall, this experience with Daniel was inspiring, motivational and extremely fun.”

The Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company was established in 2015 to provide young dancers aged eight to 18-years with unique performance opportunities, intensive ballet training and individual coaching.

Caption: Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company dancers with former Australian Ballet principal artist Daniel Gaudiello.

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