Performers need their space
Wednesday, 14th May, 2008
Broken Hill needs a performing arts centre to help nurture the talents of local children and youth, according to local dance teacher Le'Neta Edwards. Le'Neta, founder of Dynamique Music and Dance (DMD) said the local performing arts community were seeking premises suitable for such a centre.
"We have over 120 students associated with DMD and there are over 500 youth involved in performing arts activities in the local area," she said.
"We need a space to accommodate a dance/drama studio as well as smaller rooms to use as music studios. "Our aim is to have a facility that students can rehearse in as well as have access to teaching staff and other resources."
Le'Neta said most sports clubs had venues for coaches to come in and pass their knowledge onto students, and the performing arts should be no different. The centre would be used by a variety of groups.
"It's a major concern that as there is no purpose built facility in Broken Hill, the number of local students going on to higher levels in the performing arts has diminished a lot over the last 10 years."
The centre would also try to encourage performing arts as a safe and positive way for disadvantaged or troubled youth to express themselves.
"We wish to develop programs to keep disadvantaged and indigenous students 'off the street' and give them options in continuing performing arts as a career," Le'Neta said.
She said they had had great difficultly finding suitable premises and so were keeping their minds open to any possibility.
"Anything with an open area really. We have enough sponsorship to do the flooring."
Anyone with a suitable building for lease, or who would like to offer sponsorship, can contact Le'Neta on 8088 4167.