11. Swan Lake (by Alice Zhang) Alice Zhang will be performing a well-known ballet theme song “Swan Lake” composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Some of you might have seen the Swan Lake ballet or movie. For those who don’t know, Swan Lake is a romantic ballet in four acts. It is about a prince who falls in love with the princess. But she was turned into a swan by a curse. However, there are many different endings of Swan Lake. Alice will show you her favourite ending. 12.
At the start of a new year, I’m feeling very thankful for the wonderful teaching experiences and all my lovely students during 2017. This was was the first full year of teaching in Melbourne, having taught for 12 years in Hong Kong and previously in Brisbane. In a word, I loved it. Melbourne as a city is laid back, charming and with an appreciation of arts and culture and the last year turned out even more rewarding than I had expected. With my younger students, nothing makes
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