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