Wish upon a star to come true

The Observer - - NEWS - Caro­line Tung Caro­line.Tung@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

ONE lucky young dancer from Tan­num Sands is one of 10 fi­nal­ists to score a po­ten­tial role in the Queens­land Bal­let’s The

Nutcracker in De­cem­ber. So­phie Pot­ter, 12, was one of 500 stu­dents to en­ter Sun­corp’s Wish Upon a Bal­let Star com­pe­ti­tion.

The win­ner will join the com­pany cast on stage on De­cem­ber 10.

So­phie will travel to Bris­bane to­day to meet the com­pany and ex­pe­ri­ence a day in the life of a Queens­land Bal­let dancer.

“It’s re­ally cool be­cause I’ve al­ways wanted to do some­thing with the Queens­land Bal­let,” she said. “It’s a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity.”

So­phie was in­volved in the Young Dancers Com­pany of Cen­tral Queens­land’s 2011 per­for­mance of The

Nutcracker, where she danced the part of a lit­tle girl.

❝ It’s so re­ward­ing to see her grow and achieve these things ... — He­len Gra­ham, ADC

“When I’m older, I want to be in a re­ally big com­pany, tour around and do per­for­mances like The

Nutcracker,” she said.

It’s hard to pick one bal­let idol, but So­phie al­ready knows a lit­tle bit about artis­tic di­rec­tor Li Cunxin and looks for­ward to work­ing with him on the big stage.

So­phie dances lo­cally with Ada­gio Dance Com­pany. Di­rec­tor He­len Gra­ham said she was hugely proud of her stu­dent.

“It’s so re­ward­ing to see her grow and achieve these things, es­pe­cially be­ing in ru­ral coun­try ar­eas,” Ms Gra­ham said.


WISH UPON A BAL­LET STAR: Ada­gio Dance Com­pany stu­dent So­phie Pot­ter, 12, from Tan­num Sands could per­form with the Queens­land Bal­let in De­cem­ber.

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