Ballet academy

The Queenstown Ballet Academy will present a special program on the Middle East

Queenstown Ballet Academy dancers prepare for their annual show: (back row) Elise Streat, Maria Skorykh, teacher Anna Gorobets, Samantha Buick and Brooklyn McLeod.  Front row: Hannah Mansfield, Ella Mansfield and Sophia Purdon.

Debbie Jamieson

Queenstown Ballet Academy dancers prepare for their annual show: (back row) Elise Streat, Maria Skorykh, teacher Anna Gorobets, Samantha Buick and Brooklyn McLeod. Front row: Hannah Mansfield, Ella Mansfield and Sophia Purdon.

Some of Queenstown’s best ballerinas will perform popular Middle Eastern ballet next week.

The seven students of the Queenstown Ballet Academy will perform the neo-classical ballet Sheherezade – a one-act ballet based on The thousand and One Nights. Scheherazade, the legendary Persian queen, is the storyteller.

The second half of the show will include contemporary and lyrical dances.

Teacher Anna Gorobets said Sheherezade was popular in countries of the former Soviet Union, but she understood it was the first time it would be performed in Queenstown.

It was also important to her because it would be the last show for two of my oldest students, who were leaving town for college.

Gorobets is a former principal ballerina of the Imperial Russian Ballet and has been tutoring for more than three years in Queenstown after moving here with her partner.

Originally from Ukraine, it was during a tour of New Zealand and Australia that she fell in love with the sound engineer.

“We met and he asked me to stay. It was not planned,” she said.

She had been dancing since the age of two and said the accent was different in New Zealand with more interest in contemporary dance.

Fast facts

What: Queenstown Ballet Academy Dance Celebration

Or: Queenstown Memorial Center

When: November 5 at 4 p.m.

Tickets: 022 314 1938