Dancing her way to the top
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.
Lichfield’s Kate Mossman is going places with her ballet.