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


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.

Pointe shoe are worn by ballet dancers for pointe work, or dancing that is performed on the tips of the toes. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Ballerinas rehearse ahead of their Goethe Haus show. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Namarina runs courses in nine locations around Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Young dancers know that ballet takes a lot of training, a lot of time and a lot of hard work. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Katya Medina Herlambang, 10, often watches videos of British-American ballerina Maria Sascha Khan to keep herself motivated. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Soraya Nathasya, 17, has already won many contests, including Dance Prix Indonesia 2018 in the pre-senior ballet solo category. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


'Ballet is far from easy, but in front of the audience I have to make it look as if it were,’ said Maria Maharani, 16, who started practicing as a 3-year-old. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Girls prepare for their last rehearsal before the 'Dancing for the Future' performance. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Truly Rizki Ananda, 30, center, joined NYD as a dancer and teacher in 2006. She is one of the few people working full-time at the school. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


'Tradikal' is a piece created for Namarina's 60th anniversary, which fuses ballet and traditional dances. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


A girl performs an arabesque during Namarina's show at the Goethe Haus. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


Ballerinas bow after performing 'The Future' choreographed by Sussi Anddri. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)