A BENDIGO dance school is giving young students the chance to learn from some nationally and internationally trained teachers as part of a summer program.
Leonie's Academy of Dance is hosting a three-day intensive workshop next week with Bendigo performers Charlie Munday and Benjamin Harris lending their experience.
Munday has spent a number of years studying at New York's American Musical and Dramatic Academy and performing professionally across the US, warning himself an award nomination for his choreography.
Classical ballet dancer Benjamin Harris began his training in Bendigo and Ballarat before studying in Melbourne and eventually gaining a place studying with the Queensland Ballet.
Academy owner Leonie Ferguson said it would be good for students to learn from different teachers.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to have those guest teachers," she said.
"They will have different teaching styles. Our students are used to our staff but it is good to have a different sense of styles.
"Ben Harris was a student with us when we were CMX Danceworx and since gone to the Queensland Ballet to study there.
"Charlie does musical theatre, which my kids haven't had before and Charlie will be able to answer questions about auditions and stuff like that."
Ferguson, 21, took over CMS Danceworx last July and developed it into Leonie's Academy of Dance.
She has been studying dance since she was four years old and was eager to pass what she learned on to younger students.
"I love it so much," she said. "We have been working on this summer school program since about October. I wanted it to be perfect.
"I had the idea when I first started. With COVID, I thought it would be nice in January to be able to have an intensive program for kids who haven't been able to dance.
"Some people I know and used to dance with have made it big time and it's lucky for me they decided to come back."
Coronavirus restrictions mean spaces are limited. Classes are divided into groups aged 13 and over and 6 to 10. To book log on to www.trybooking.com/BNJBW
Term on classes begin in February. For more details visit www.leoniesacademyofdance.com.au