Isabella, Harriet, Mia, Ella at the Sound of Music pavilion where Sixteen Going On Seventeen song scenes from the Sound of Music movie were filmed

International dance experience

by Ann van Engelen

Four girls from The Selwyn School of Dance are attending the Salzburg International Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in Austria.

Ella Body, Isabella Cosgrove, Mia Williams and Harriet Body have spent four weeks living, eating and breathing dance in Salzburg.

“The girls attended daily classes in classical ballet, pointe, pas de deux, contemporary, jazz and hip-hop from an international faculty headed by Peter Breuer, the artistic director of the Salzburg Ballet,” says Selwyn School of Dance director, Emma Body.

“The strict schedule culminated in four gala performances held in Salzburg, and they toured as a company to Munich in Germany. The experience gave them an insight into the workings of how a ballet company works. The skills they learned, go beyond just the technical dance class and performance, they include managing daily schedules and class demands, injury management, communication skills in new languages, meeting and working with international cultures and living away from home.”

Ella Body says the opportunity has been life-changing. “It is very cultural being the birthplace of Mozart. We have also discovered so much about the history of Salzburg and have made many new friends. There are dancers attending the intensive from Germany, Sweden, Romania, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Argentina, USA and the UK.

“We have worked with some fantastic teachers who have helped our technique and performance skills. This experience has inspired me to work further towards my goal of becoming a ballerina.”