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Since its inception in 1937, Ballet Theatre Queensland has continued to provide professionally staged performance opportunities and career pathways for promising Queensland dancers. The company prepares dancers for the professional industry by introducing them to the processes behind the production of a professional ballet, staged in a professional venue and accompanied by a live orchestra. These unique BTQ experiences enhance and accelerate young dancers’ development, working as a complementary program in conjunction and collaboration with their regular training.
Our core values of Inclusivity, Community, Professionalism, Independence and Joy underpin and drive everything we do here at BTQ. We believe strongly in the development of the next generation of dancers, supporting them to build strong, successful careers by fostering confidence, strength of character, diligence and excellence, all whilst supporting their love of ballet.
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Once accepted into the company each year, dancers experience:
Company training, including live accompaniment from a classical pianist
Company Rehearsals, including the learning and development of repertoire and storytelling
Training delivered by an expert artistic team with over 50 years of combined experience
Guest Coaching from current industry professionals
Professional Program Photoshoot
Professional Costumes, designed, made and fitted for each dancer
Stage, Prop and Costume Etiquette
Professional Performance Season at QPAC (Queensland’s premiere performance venue)
Live Orchestra Accompaniment in studio and stage rehearsals
Live Performance Accompaniment by the Cadenza Chamber Players
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Did you know?
A not-for-profit incorporated organisation, BTQ is independent of any dance academy, and auditions annually for its dancers from across South East Queensland. Currently, the main BTQ season is held annually in January, utilising all dancers in two casts, in classic ballets that target a family audience, aiming to develop an appreciation of ballet amongst younger audience members, while still having great appeal to the older ballet lover.
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As well as our annual performance season, BTQ also offers a calendar of annual events, including:
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Father’s Day Dance Class
Connect during our special annual Father’s Day Dance Class, and brings joy to our young dancers.
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Meet our people
Phyllis Danaher MBE, FRAD
David McCallister AM
Board of Directors
Dr Lucas D. Lynch