Moranbah class gets star billing

MORANBAH dance students will dance alongside top ballerina Lynette Wills tomorrow.

The Australian Ballet's former principal artist will host an exclusive workshop in the Central Queensland mining town with students from Moranbah Dance Centre.

The school scored this rare visit after entering the Australian Ballet and National Australia Bank Dance The Dream competition.

They were chosen from more than 750 entries nationwide throughout May and June.

The school was selected by a panel of judges from The Australian Ballet and NAB because of its commitment to providing a positive learning environment.

Teachers travel two hours from Mackay to deliver dance classes to about 300 students on a weekly basis.

“It's a great opportunity for me to visit Moranbah and spend some time with the students at the Moranbah Dance Centre,” Lynette Wills said.

“NAB Dance the Dream is a great opportunity to be able to give back to the community by nurturing and engaging young dancers. I could only have wished for such a scenario as a young student.”

Adelaide-born Lynette graduated from The Australian Ballet School in 1990, joined The Australian Ballet in 1991 and was promoted to Senior Artist in 1996.

Lynette has toured with The Australian Ballet to Italy, London, Taiwan, China, Japan and the United States, and was promoted to Principal Artist in 2002.

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