Ballet rehearsal in Namarina Ballet on Thursday (19/04). Ballet requires discipline and hard work, not just dancing on tiptoes. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Namarina Prepares Indonesian Ballet for a Grand Jete
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
APRIL 27, 2018
Jakarta. Every budding ballerina's dream to dance professionally is difficult to achieve in Indonesia, where no ballet company has yet been established. This may soon change.
Students of Namarina, a Jakarta-based dance school founded in 1956, do not want to renounce their bell-shaped tutus when they grow up. They want to continue with this incredibly difficult, beautiful dance form that takes a lot of training and a lot of hard work.
Maya Tamara, director of Namarina Youth Dance (NYD), plans to open a ballet company somewhere around 2025, when her young dancers will be able to work full time. At the moment, they still need to divide their time between dance classes and regular school activities.
They usually practice four times a week, sometimes even more often if they are preparing for a show.
On Sunday (22/04), Namarina presented "Dancing for the Future," a performance combining elements of ballet, jazz and traditional dances. The show, hosted by the Goethe Haus in Central Jakarta, demonstrated the young dancers' talent and determination.