Bal­leri­nas raise barre on ex­pec­ta­tions for na­tional chal­lenge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

FOUR bud­ding bal­leri­nas from the Perth School of Bal­let in Os­borne Park will rep­re­sent WA in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Floreat res­i­dent Emma Holder (14), Tyler Lindsay (13), of Kar­rinyup, Milla Brins­den (14), from Wood­lands and An­gel Wright-Warner (15) have their sights set on pro­fes­sional dance ca­reers.

Perth School of Bal­let di­rec­tors Ja­nine Ban and Si­mone Jack­son-Pike have coached the four young hope­fuls to­wards the pres­ti­gious na­tional Lucie Sara­nova Awards in July.

Ms Ban said stu­dents all put in many hours of train­ing for the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion to com­pete against “the best of the best” in the bal­let world.

“These stu­dents are at the se­ri­ous end of the spec­trum. They are not do­ing bal­let recre­ation­ally any longer, it’s to­wards their goals in the pro­fes­sional dance world,” she said.

“The com­mit­ment to be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional dancer is huge and they have been very suc­cess­ful in na­tional ex­ams.

“They are very wor­thy of this op­por­tu­nity.”

For An­gel, giv­ing up school to pur­sue a ca­reer in bal­let at 16 was a no-brainer.

“I’ve known since a re­ally early age that this is what I wanted to do as a ca­reer,” she said.

“I love it; it is an es­cape and once you’re on stage you just have that adren­a­line and put all your emo­tions to­wards your danc­ing.

“I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to be ner­vous be­cause it is such a big com­pe­ti­tion and such an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity.”

Milla said she has been train­ing 25-30 hours a week.

“The most chal­leng­ing part about it will be the open class, which is where the teacher makes up a class on the spot and teaches it to you and you have to do it on the spot right then and there,” she said.

“With bal­let, I love that there is al­ways some­thing more you can per­fect.

“It would be an hon­our to win the award.”

The Lucie Sara­nova Awards will be held at John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts in Fre­man­tle on July 8.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d452703

Bal­let stu­dents An­gel Wright-Warner, Tyler Lindsay, Milla Brins­den and Emma Holder are hard at work for a chance at the pres­ti­gious Lucie Sara­nova awards.

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