Ded­i­cated dancer’s big de­but

Scout, 10, is al­ready a star

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Jes­sica Bahr Jes­sica.Bahr@sc­

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.

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