Ash­ton takes X-Fac­tor by storm in Mel­bourne

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

MOSS­MAN State High School stu­dent Ash­ton Lash has proved that pas­sion and per­sis­tence pays off af­ter mak­ing it through the first two rounds of the X Fac­tor au­di­tions in Mel­bourne on Sun­day.

The en­er­getic 15-year-old is anx­iously wait­ing to hear if she will make it through to the live au­di­ence stage where she could per­form in front of judges Natalie Im­bruglia, Brian McFad­den, Guy Se­bas­tian and Natalie Bass­ingth­waite.

The young­ster’s tal­ent was recog­nised by lo­cal dancing teacher Nelle Jenk­ins when she started dancing at the age of six.

“The mo­ment I saw Ash­ton per­form I im­me­di­ately thought, this kid is go­ing to be a star some­day,” Nelle said.

“She is now 15 and I have never had a sec­ond thought.

“Her de­ter­mi­na­tion to im­prove as not only a singer and dancer but as a young lady is ex­tremely im­pres­sive.

“She has dreams of be­com­ing a star of the stage or screen. At this age many of her peers are choos­ing to fol­low other paths whereas Ash­ton has never looked back. “

Her nat­u­ral tal­ent was also recog­nised by her Royal Academy of Dance syl­labus teacher Ni­cola Leonardi.

“Ash­ton is a teacher’s dream, her ded­i­ca­tion to her pas­sion un­ri­valled,” she said.

“She im­proves from week to week and al­ways puts in 100 per cent ef­fort. She is a nat­u­ral tal­ent with su­per­nat­u­ral spirit.”

This year Ash­ton has taken on a teach­ing po­si­tion at the school, teach­ing hip hop and chore­ograph­ing con­tem­po­rary rou­tines.

With the Royal Academy of Dance syl­labus on of­fer for the first year at Port Dou­glas Academy of Per­form­ing Arts she has started at the top and is study­ing Level 8 in dance ex­ams.

“I am so proud of her and from here on in when peo­ple ask me if I think she’ll make it, I say she al­ready has,” Ms Jenk­ins said.

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