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May 09 2019

Striving to be Virtually Perfect

Youth Ballet West explore teens and social media in new dance show

The fraught world of social media and the pressures it creates for today’s teenagers is the inspiration for Youth Ballet West’s exciting new show, Virtually Perfect, which plays the Town Hall this weekend.

The show deals with topical issues such as online bullying, selfies and self-image, needing to get ‘likes’ on Instagram, and other facets of the internet’s impact on young people’s lives.

Ahead of the show’s premiere, Youth Ballet West director, Judith Sibley, met with me to talk about it and began by revealing the inspiration behind it. “I teach ballet and have a studio in Athlone. My kids are now nine and 11 but when they were smaller I’d always have a baby bag with colouring pages, small toys, etc, and I’d be on the floor with them playing.

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