Is­abelle’s big dance of joy

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - - Jil­lian McKee

AT JUST 17, Is­abelle Bo­nanno has been dubbed one of the best as­pir­ing dancers in the coun­try.

The Minchinbury stu­dent has been se­lected as one of 24 dancers to take part in the Sydney Dance Com­pany’s pre-pro­fes­sional year.

Is­abelle had just fin­ished her HSC at New­town Per­form­ing Arts High School when she found out. “I got the email, and I al­most cried when it came. I didn’t want to read it, I read it a few times be­fore it even sank in,” she said. “I have al­ways gone to watch their per­for­mances, I knew it was just some­thing I could see my­self do­ing.”

The 12-month in­ten­sive pro­gram of­fers a unique train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, where the as­pir­ing dancers train along­side the Sydney Dance Com­pany ensem­ble to learn the ins and outs of a pro­fes­sional dance ca­reer.

The stu­dents will be taught by pro­fes­sional chore­og­ra­phers and dancers from all over the world. It will be a chal­lenge, with Is­abelle danc­ing five days a week for the year, com­ing away from the pro­gram with a Cer­tifi­cate IV in Dance.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

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