LOCAL dance teacher Rolande Hooklyn has been working in France but is cutting short her stay to return home after her dance classes were left without a teacher.
Rolande, who was born in France and migrated to Australia at the age of 11, said she had jumped at the chance to work in her homeland.
“For me it would have been the first time in my life to work as a French person in the country in which I was born,” Rolande said.
Rolande has only been in France less than three weeks but is now returning home and will be back teaching at Sapphire City Dance Academy on February 11.
She said a relief dance teacher had been organised to take charge at her Sapphire City Dance Academy classes, but those plans had been aborted after she arrived in France.
The sudden absence of a teacher meant the dance classes would not be able to continue without her.
“Certainly I am very saddened to be cutting my trip short, but out of respect for the community and the children of the Dance Academy I truly do not mind coming home early.”
Despite the short stay Rolande said she did get the chance to work on stage with Norbet Zorbib, a well-known entertainer, hypnotist and magician.
“He knew me well as a child and this was something we had planned for quite some time,” Rolande said.
“He is related to me via marriage and I am so lucky and privileged to had been given the opportunity to work with him.”
Rolande said leaving France after less than three weeks was a huge sacrifice but said she owed it to the local community to come home.