Danc­ing her way to the top

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A South Waikato eight-year-old may have only been danc­ing bal­let for two years but she’s al­ready tak­ing Aus­trala­sia by storm.

Lich­field’s Kate Moss­man re­cently com­pleted her La Beaute Bal­let Syl­labus and not only did she pass with hon­ours she also achieved the joint high­est ex­am­i­na­tion mark in the whole of Aus­trala­sia for 2016 in Ju­nior Bal­let One.

Kate, who sat the exam with one other lo­cal girl, said she couldn’t be hap­pier with the re­sult.

‘‘I prac­tice ev­ery day and the judges said I did re­ally good. I got a cer­tifi­cate and a medal with bal­leri­nas on it,’’ she said ex­cit­edly.

She said it took a lot of hard work to do so well and she was glad it paid off.

‘‘My dad didn’t see it but my two grand­moth­ers and my mum saw it and they thought it was amaz­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘I felt re­ally spe­cial and all my friends wish they were me.’’

‘‘I’ll prob­a­bly put my cer­tifi­cate up on my wall in my room,’’ she said.

Moss­man said her love of bal­let be­gan af­ter go­ing to a lo­cal live show.

‘‘I saw some peo­ple do­ing it dur­ing a show in Pu­taruru and liked how they did these cool moves,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve been go­ing over to As­pire Arts Academy in Mata­mata once a week for lessons with Me­gan Robin­son and she says i’ve been do­ing re­ally good.’’

Kate said she also re­cently took part in the academy’s an­nual pro­duc­tion at The Plaza in Pu­taruru which this year was Grandma’s At­tic.

The show fea­tured the work the stu­dents had learnt in the sec­ond half of the year.

‘‘There were all sort of dances and I liked how peo­ple can see what you do,’’ Kate said.

She said she will sit an­other exam next June and hoped to one day be good enough to make the Royal New Zealand Bal­let.

As for ad­vice to other young dancers Kate said to ‘‘try your best and never give up’’.

She thanked all those who had helped her achieve her top mark and said she would es­pe­cially like to thank her mum for her on­go­ing sup­port.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Lich­field’s Kate Moss­man is go­ing places with her bal­let.

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