Tights Up In Lights

Townsville export Shaughn Pegoraro's alter ego Natalia Aussiepova will make her local debut next week as Men in Pink Tights arrives at the Civic Theatre. IMAGE: Sasha Kane, Lumi Studios

Les Ballet Eloelle will bring their hilarious Men in Pink Tights to the Civic Theatre as part of their Australian tour next week – with their only Australian cast member hailing from right here in Townsville.

Shaughn Pegoraro, who has been a member of Ann Roberts School of Dance, Extensions Youth Dance and the Ulysses Dancers locally, will return to where it all started under the alias of ‘Natalia Aussiepova.’

“I auditioned for Les Ballet Eloelle in 2012 on their last Australian tour following a company class at the Civic Theatre, when their Director mentioned he liked the way I danced. Over the years we have kept in touch and I continued to express interest in the company – before he contacted me explaining they were coming to Australia and he’d love me to join them for this six-week tour,” Shaughn said.

“Les Ballet Eloelle mixes comedy and classical together, making it a family-friendly evening of entertainment that is easy to understand. It’s rare you get to watch classical ballet and enjoy
the hard work and beautiful technique while having a good ol’ laugh at the same time.

“Because I’m the only Australian in the company, having ‘Aussie’ in my name was a must. Lucky for me there’s a Russian ballet dancer who is a soloist at the Royal Ballet in London called Natalia Osipova. How much of a perfect fit is that?!”

Shaughn said the chance to return to his hometown with a touring show was an opportunity like no other.

“To be able to perform in front of my family, friends and ex-students is going to be amazing. Stressful, but amazing. I’m lucky enough to have had so many opportunities over the years to perform in front of Townsville crowds. I’m so excited to be able to bring [my] enjoyment back to the local stage again.”

Catch Men in Pink Tights, featuring Townsville’s own Natalia Aussiepova, at the Civic Theatre on 13 November. Click here for tickets.

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