Grammar girl dances her way to centre stage

Ashlee BasfordBrisbane Girls Grammar School Year 7 student, Ashlee Basford, is preparing to take the stage as a guest dancer with Queensland Ballet for its upcoming season of La Fille mal gardée.

Ashlee, who has practised ballet since the age of three, said she was ‘honoured’ to be offered a role as a guest dancer in the popular family favourite production, set amidst the 1950s French countryside, which opens this Friday 4 August 2017.

‘I have seen multiple Queensland Ballet productions and am always inspired by the commitment and skill of professional ballet dancers; to now be part of La Fille mal gardée is an incredible opportunity,’ Ashlee said.

Following in Ashlee’s footsteps is her younger sister, and future Grammar girl, Darcy, who will also perform in the Queensland Ballet production.

‘To share this experience with Darcy makes it even more exciting. We have enjoyed attending rehearsals and practising in preparation for the start of the season later this week,’ Ashlee said.

Brisbane Girls Grammar School Principal, Ms Jacinda Euler, said she is delighted for Ashlee, whose achievement reflects the School’s vibrant learning environment in which girls are inspired to dare to dream and be adventurous in spirit.

‘To be offered a role as a guest dancer with Queensland Ballet is an exceptional achievement, and the School is pleased to see the talent and determination of both Ashlee and Darcy recognised in this way,’ Ms Euler said.

In addition to performing with Queensland Ballet for the season of La Fille mal gardée (4 to 19 August), Ashlee is also preparing to undertake her first exam ‘en pointe’ (toes) later this year.

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