Ballet at his Beck and call
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.