THESE kids are pinching themselves.
The smiles were impossible to miss on Tuesday afternoon when dancers from the Imperial Russian Ballet Company led a class of school-aged performers from Lambton’s National College of Dance.
The Moscow dancers and their Newcastle recruits were rehearsing for The Nutcracker, a Tchaikovsky classic billed as an “ageless tale of bravery and dreams”. The concert is known for bringing young performers on stage.
It’s a win-win: the young guns learn from the best, while the touring show adds new variety.
“Whenever you think of ballet, you think of Russia. They are the icons – Russia is ballet,” the academy’s Vicki Morgan said.
“It is just the best opportunity for our dancers – they’ve given local kids a chance.”
The Nutcracker is on at Newcastle Civic Theatre on September 15. Tickets through the box office.