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Rare opportunity for young Valley dancers

By EMMA CORNFORD

SHE used to dance the cancan at the Moulin Rouge in Paris ? now Andrea Robertson is coming to Grafton to hold a workshop for budding young dancers.

Ms Robertson, who grew up in country Victoria, developed the idea for the Fourways Dance Tour while travelling overseas last year.

"All the city kids get the opportunity to do these kinds of workshops so I thought I'd try and take it to the country instead," she said.

"No-one goes out to the country so we'll be coming up to Grafton and to Queensland as well."

Ms Robertson will be joined by fellow internationally acclaimed dancers Brooke Antonello and Laura Zanesco, who have also worked extensively overseas and in Australia.

Earlier this year the group took the Fourways Dance Tour to rural Victoria and South Australia, where it was well received by participants.

"They loved it, because it's something a bit different," Ms Robertson said.

"Most workshops concentrate on one type of dance but we cover all kinds of dancing, like musicals, cabaret, hip hop ... and talk to them about how they can get into the industry."

The traditional French cancan will also be taught over the two-day workshop ? something Ms Robertson said was a hard move to master.

"That one almost killed me ? it's really hard. We will be working everyone hard though, because dancing is a very disciplined industry."

Ms Robertson has been dancing since she was four-yearsold and said although touring with the workshop while on a break from performing could be hard, she loved doing it.

As a fully qualified osteopath, during the workshop Ms Robertson will be conducting discussion classes with the participants on nutrition and injury prevention while colleague Brooke Antonello will conduct classes on stage makeup.

Anyone interested in attending the two-day workshop on August 27-28 at Studio One in Grafton can contact Andrea on 0418 886 008 or email her at info@fourwaysdance.com.au.



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