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Dancer joins bal­let com­pany

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

A young Kar­ratha bal­let dancer has stepped up to his big­gest role yet af­ter be­ing ac­cepted into one of Vic­to­ria’s lead­ing pro­fes­sional bal­let com­pa­nies.

Ethan Louis, a born-and-bred Kar­ratha boy who for­merly at­tended St Luke’s Col­lege, had just fin­ished his for­mal dance train­ing last year when the Vic­to­rian State Bal­let came knock­ing.

“I’m so ex­cited and pretty re­lieved that it’s re­ally start­ing to hap­pen and all the hard work’s about to pay off,” he said. “It’s go­ing to be amaz­ing.” The 20-year-old Louis has had a fast rise to suc­cess. He be­gan train­ing just three years ago when he was tal­ent-scouted by Kar­ratha dance teacher Megan Wood-Hill while per­form­ing hiphop, a genre he had taught him­self.

From there, he joined Ms Wood-Hill’s per­form­ing arts school Ova­tion Per­for­mance Com­pany be­fore mov­ing to the city for fur­ther train­ing at the WA Con­ser­va­toire of Clas­si­cal Bal­let and the Perth School of Bal­let.

“I just kind of fell in love with (bal­let), and I haven’t re­ally looked back ever since,” he said.

“It’s been an amaz­ing jour­ney and it’s been hap­pen­ing re­ally quickly”. He at­trib­uted his in­cred­i­bly fast rise to ex­cel­lent teach­ers and his early back­ground in gym­nas­tics and drama.

The Vic­to­rian State Bal­let is the new name of the Mel­bourne Dance Theatre, Vic­to­ria’s premier bal­let com­pany es­tab­lished in 2003.

Louis will be­gin do­ing a trainee­ship with the com­pany be­fore danc­ing in pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tions later this year.

In a stroke of good luck, his girl­friend, a fel­low bal­let dancer, was also ac­cepted into the com­pany.

They flew to Mel­bourne on Mon­day.

Pic­ture: Ethan Louis

Kar­ratha bal­let dancer Ethan Louis has won a place in the Vic­to­rian State Bal­let.

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