Ballet at his Beck and call

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

SUBIACO res­i­dent Noah Beck is one of 12 dancers from more than 2000 hope­fuls to make it into the Syd­ney Dance Com­pany Pre-Pro­fes­sional Year pro­gram.

The 18-year-old for­mer Subiaco Pri­mary School stu­dent stud­ied ballet full- time at the Burswood Charlesworth Ballet In­sti­tute in years 11 and 12 while com­plet­ing high school with Schools of Iso­lated and Dis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion (SIDE).

Noah said his de­ci­sion to study full-time paid off and made him stronger, more mo­ti­vated and more fo­cused.

“Study­ing ballet, con­tem­po­rary and fla­menco be­tween 35 to 43 hours a week was very de­mand­ing,” he said. “I started to feel at my best phys­i­cally when I was a lit­tle fa­tigued due to the rou­tine I was work­ing.

“I man­aged to bal­ance my life out quite well I think. I found time for my own hob­bies, friends, fam­ily, travel and my own thoughts.”

Noah said his peers, teach­ers and role mod­els mo­ti­vated him to keep push­ing him­self.

“Be­ing a male dancer, it is im­por­tant to find male role mod­els in dance and I think I def­i­nitely found that in some of my male teach­ers who come from over­seas to teach and also who teach me ev­ery­day,” he said.

“Be­ing se­lected for the SDC PPY pro­gram was in­cred­i­bly sur­real. When I fi­nally got the con­cept through my head, I was over the moon.”

Noah said stu­dents in the pro­gram would spend the year work­ing with chore­og­ra­phers and dancers with the Syd­ney Dance Com­pany, and learn­ing about in­jury pre­ven­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“In the next few years I see my­self danc­ing in a con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany in Australia or Europe,” he said.

Noah Beck and friend Tamika Tay­lor at Trigg Beach.

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