Bal­let dancer steps up

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page -

PADBURY teenager Chloe Ward (pic­tured) is mov­ing across the coun­try to pur­sue her dream.

The 15-year-old has been ac­cepted into The Aus­tralian Bal­let School in Mel­bourne af­ter an in­tense au­di­tion week.

Chloe said it had been her dream to at­tend the school since join­ing Wan­gara-based The WA School of Dance seven years ago, where she trains un­der prin­ci­pal Nathan Cop­pen.

“It is such a priv­i­lege to be of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to train at the school full­time; I know very few spots are of­fered for full time place­ment, so I am very grate­ful,” Chloe said.

“I be­lieve its train­ing will help me to be the best bal­let dancer I can pos­si­bly be, al­though I know it will be chal­leng­ing and hard work ev­ery day.”

The tal­ented young­ster started danc­ing when she was three and turned to bal­let from age seven.

“(I en­joy) the feel­ing of be­ing lost in the move­ment of clas­si­cal dance and how a story can be told with no words, when danced well,” she said.

“There is some­thing very mag­i­cal about clas­si­cal dance.”

She was awarded a schol­ar­ship to Hous­ton Bal­let Academy’s sum­mer in­ten­sive pro­gram this year and had been part of the Mel­bourne school’s in­ter­state train­ing pro­gram since 2015.

Chloe is the only WA stu­dent to be of­fered a place at the school and will train at the Prim­rose Pot­ter Aus­tralian Bal­let Cen­tre, which is also home to The Aus­tralian Bal­let.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to study­ing bal­let at an elite level and be­ing chal­lenged ev­ery day,” she said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d475379

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