Ballet high for kids

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These tiny ballerinas are among those benefitting from a recent revamp of Arrowtown Hall.

Pictured back row (from left) are Amber Jarvis, 6, Mikayla Evans, 5, and Siena Snow, 6. Seated (from left) are Megan McCulloch, 5, Sophie May, 5, and Sophie Perkins, 5.

New mirrors and a dance bar have been added to the hall as part of a spruce-up – to the delight of about 60 girls who attend classes in the hall every week, Danceworks teacher Lisa Davies says.

“It’s made a better atmosphere for the kids. They feel like proper little ballerinas now and they’re so happy.”
Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Lakes Leisure shelled out $80,000 to overhaul the kitchen and bar, fit more lights, fix a leaky ceiling and repair damaged walls.

Fresh paint and new curtains add glamour to the stage and community groups will be kept warm through winter with a heat pump installed in the mezzanine meeting room.

Cam Sheppard, Lakes Leisure’s facilities boss, says the refurb, which finished mid-March, makes the hall a little more functional, with the new ballet bar and mirror “cream on top items”.