Katherine Fraser takes a step back from Murray Youth Ballet

LEFT: Libby Ellis is taking over as director of Murray Youth Ballet. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

LEFT: Libby Ellis is taking over as director of Murray Youth Ballet. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

KATHERINE Fraser is moving on from Murray Youth Ballet 25 years after starting the group.

Mrs Fraser and her mother, Rosemary Drewe, started the school in 1989.

While Mrs Drewe will stay on as a dance director, Mrs Fraser has moved to Western Australia with her husband, Mark.

“He’s a scientist and there’s no work for him in eastern Australia,” Mrs Fraser said.

“We moved to Western Australia a year ago, we thought it would be better to move the school on to a new owner in Albury to run.

“It’s bittersweet — I love the school but it’s too difficult to run from a distance.”

Mrs Fraser said she had great satisfaction teaching the danceform to two generations of students.

“We’ve got the babies of people who we taught when they were young learning ballet here,” she said.

“I’ll miss the students and all the wonderful people who have helped us along the way.”

Libby Ellis, who has had a long involvement with Murray Youth Ballet, is taking over as director.

“I started as a parent here about 14 years ago,” Mrs Ellis said.

“There’s a family atmosphere about the place and I’m just keen to build on that.”

Mrs Ellis wants to open the school to performing arts, musical theatre and drama to cater for more children, while maintaining the high standard of ballet.

The school has about 90 dancers, four of them boys.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop