Ashton takes X-Factor by storm in Melbourne
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.