Dedicated dancer’s big debut
Scout, 10, is already a star
WHILE most kids were spending the school holidays on vacation or at the beach, Scout Nicholas was hard at work with the Royal Ballet.
Scout only began dancing two years ago but has progressed in leaps and bounds, landing the coveted role of Mamillius in the Winter’s Tale.
The 10-year-old described his debut as an amazing experience.
“It was so cool,” he said. “On the first night I had quite a few butterflies, but the last night was my favourite because all the nerves had just flown away and I could really relax, and it was a sell-out show too.
“It was an amazing experience; my idol is Steven McRae and I got to dance with him which was awesome.”
Scout’s mother Lulu said his talent had first been spotted by a family friend who was a dance teacher.
“He was doing some parkour with his brother and she saw something in him,” she said.
“He has loved it from day one ... he dances about 12 to 13 hours a week so it is pretty demanding, but he is very focused.”
With the performances now complete, the St Andrews Anglican College student is already moving toward his next goals and last week auditioned for the Australian Ballet.
“It went pretty well, but I won’t know whether I get in until September,” he said.
“I’m hoping to keep going with dance and have a positive future ... my dream is to become a principal dancer in a company.”
YOUNG TALENT: Scout Nicholas, 10, is a ballet dancer with a bright future.