Your chance to dance with the Australian Ballet!

If, you’ve always harboured a secret desire to be a ballet dancer, now’s your chance.

The Australian Ballet and NurseWatch have partnered to host special dance workshops so older Australians can positively engage in ballet at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Head of Education for the Australian Ballet, Katy McKeown, says this is the first time a dance initiative like this has been organised.

“This project brings together special dance workshops with performances of Giselle in May and The Nutcracker later in the year, to engage older people in dance,” Ms McKeown said. “Dance is one of those art forms which really addresses many health issues so well – in a really fun and social way.”

Seniors from all walks of life are invited to be part of the free dance workshops and it all takes place at the beautiful Sydney Opera House.

NurseWatch, an aged care service provider, is the sponsor for the May workshops because CEO and founder, Kate Spurway, feels it’s important for people to stay creative and to have new experiences as they age.

“Just because people are older doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be out there doing something they love and gaining all the benefits from that at the same time,” Ms Spurway said.

“That’s what we aim to do at NurseWatch – we want to allow our clients to be the best they can be at this later stage of their life.”

Ms McKeown said it was well known that being involved in an activity such as ballet could provide many health benefits.

“When you do a dance workshop like this you’re going to be improving your balance, your range of movement, your understanding of the various techniques. All of this is going to give you the subsequent health benefits. People often push themselves more and they only realise when they see how tired they are afterwards!”

As well as giving senior people a chance to dance, the attendees will also be taught about the “history, design and the magic” of the ballet production.

Venue for the dance workshops is Rehearsal Room 77 at the Sydney Opera House. They will be held on 8 May 9.30am-10.30am and 9 May 9am-10am.

Contact Kate Spurway at NurseWatch on 02 9331 3344 or 0417 276 572 or by email at for more information.

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