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Broome Senior High School students take part in a ballet workshop.
Camera IconBroome Senior High School students take part in a ballet workshop. Credit: Broome Senior High School, Supplied

Broome students were given the opportunity to learn a new approach to education through the art of dance with the largest classical ballet company in Australia.

The Australian Ballet visited schools around town last fortnight in a bid to bring dance experiences to students far and wide and show children a new education program called Steamdance.

Throughout the week-long trip, the company put on performances of Coppelia for primary school students, and their new production, Plain Jane,for high school students.

Australian Ballet dance educator Yvette Sauvage said Steamdance was the flagship education program that incorporates dance into learning about STEAM subjects.

“We try to incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into a dance class which reiterates the things the kids are already learning, but gives them a different way to approach their learning,” she said. ”For us it was all about taking ballet and reaching it as far as we can across Australia to areas that might not get it.”

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Ms Sauvage said the trip to Broome was enjoyable for all involved and were amazed to see the students engage with the workshops.

“The ones that had never seen ballet before were so enthusiastic and those that had some dance experience really appreciate having the Australian Ballet visit to develop their skills,” she said.

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