STAR DANCER IS EN POINTE TEEN HAS WORLD AT HER FEET
GIANNA Sargent (14) has plans to pirouette her way around the world after receiving her second ballet scholarship.
She put on her first ballet slippers when she was four years old, encouraged by her mum Yvonne, who was also a dancer.
Now studying the dance style full-time at the Charlesworth Ballet Institute in Burswood, Gianna wants a long career on the stage.
“After 10 years I have learned a lot but there is still so much more to learn,” she said.
“I am not sure how many performances I have done now, probably more than 50, but my favourite is Swan Lake.”
Before Gianna takes the world by storm, she wants to take as many opportunities as possible to learn from the best.
“I want a career in ballet, but I think it might be hard in Australia; there are more opportunities overseas,” she said.
Gianna, who also recieved the Katie O’Donnell young achiever of the year award, was presented with a Variety Scholarship for ballet tuition on April 14 at a ceremony at Heath Ledger Centre.
She is one of 42 who will take a share in more than $120,000 worth of scholarships in the arts, sport and education.
Joondanna resident Ash Hough Tiechelman (12) will also receive a scholarship for dance tuition, equipment and competitions to help him make his way to LA to represent Australia in the World Championships of Performing Arts.
Variety WA chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said the scholarships had the ability to change the lives of local youth in need and shape their success in the future.
“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to children and young people who might not otherwise have the means to develop their talents and follow their dreams,” he said.
Applications for the 2016 round of Variety Scholarship funding will open later this year.
Go to www.varietywa.org.au for more information.
Gianna Sargent (14), of Glendalough, received a
scholarship for her ballet tuition.