STAR DANCER IS EN POINTE TEEN HAS WORLD AT HER FEET

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Ju­lian Wright

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d436190

Gianna Sar­gent (14), of Glen­dalough, re­ceived a

schol­ar­ship for her ballet tu­ition.

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