OLIVIA VAN WOERKOM AT ADPI BRISBANE
Left - Olivia & tutor/RAD examiner Valerie Bailey
Right - Olivia & ADPI director/RAD examiner Barbara Everson & Bill Pengelly
OLIVIA VAN WOERKOM ATTENDS HER AHA SCHOLARSHIP JULY 2015
AUSTRALIAN DANCE PERFORMANCE
15yr old Olivia trained at Mary Rodgers Ballet Academy Lower Hutt NZ
AHA Awards Quarter-finalist 2015
Thank you again for the scholarship I was given at The Alana Haines Australasian Awards and the opportunity to visit the Australian Dance Performance Institute in Brisbane.
I had a great 2 weeks learning from a variety of teachers and experiencing a taste of their full time training programme. I enjoyed the full days of classes starting at 8.15am and finishing between 3.30pm and 5.30pm each day.
The school offered a variety of classes like Classical, Contemporary, Stretch and Conditioning, Repertoire, Jazz, Acro, Pas de Deux/Modern Partnering, Cardio, Advanced 2 and Solo Seal.
During the time I visited, some of the students were preparing for eisteddfods, a showcase and their assessment performances, so during some classes I helped with, and marked out new choreography and filled in for those who were absent. This was good experience for me to learn choreography quickly and see what they would be presenting throughout the year.
The Acro class was taught by a professional clown and circus performer, who trains performers for Cirque de Soleil. This is something I have never experienced before! The students at the school can study a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Dance as a classical or contemporary major or a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Musical Theatre and they graduate with a tertiary qualification so they also have academic classes throughout the week and complete some of their studies through distance learning.
I met some lovely and inspiring teachers and students, some that I know I will keep in touch with, for years to come. I was even taught by a teacher who taught some of my NZ teachers many, many years ago.
I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and I know it has been helpful with my development as a dancer and has also helped me to more clearly set my goals and plans for my future.