Robynn’s stage set for dream ca­reer

The Oban Times - - News -

A LO­CAL as­pir­ing star of the stage is count­ing the days un­til she can be­gin train­ing for her dream ca­reer af­ter land­ing a cov­eted place at The MGA Academy of Per­form­ing Arts in Ed­in­burgh.

Robynn But­ler, a pupil at Plock­ton High School, will start a three-year HND Dance course at The MGA Academy this sum­mer af­ter im­press­ing staff dur­ing an in­ten­sive au­di­tion.

Af­ter gain­ing en­try to one of Scot­land’s lead­ing per­form­ing arts acad­e­mies, 17-year- old Robynn, from Kyle of Lochalsh, has set her sights on carv­ing out a ca­reer on stage.

Robynn said: ‘When I was lit­tle, I wanted to be the best bal­le­rina in the world, but I was ter­ri­ble – like an ele­phant.

‘Aged 12, I re­ally started en­joy­ing jazz and, from there, started to try other types of danc­ing.

‘The MGA Academy was my first choice. I’d looked at a few col­leges and acad­e­mies but re­ally hoped to get into MGA.’

Robynn, whose love of danc­ing be­gan as a young­ster at Kyle Pri­mary School, has at­tended dance classes in Broad­ford and Kyle of Lochalsh run by Lo­rayne McLu­cas Per­form­ing Arts.

Her sum­mer move to Ed­in­burgh sig­nals an im­por­tant step on Robynn’s path to be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional per­former.

‘The first time I vis­ited Ed­in­burgh was for The MGA Academy’s open day in Fe­bru­ary and the only other time was for the au­di­tion a few weeks later,’ ex­plained Robynn.

‘I had been to an­other au­di­tion in Glas­gow, but The MGA Academy felt so wel­com­ing. I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing on my tech­nique and on dif­fer­ent styles of dance, as well as gain­ing per­form­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘I al­ready do lyri­cal and con­tem­po­rary dance, but the course teaches tap, bal­let and more.

‘Go­ing to The MGA Academy will help ex­pand my reper­toire as well as my cre­ativ­ity.’

Andrew Gow­land, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of The MGA Academy, said: ‘ We look for­ward to wel­com­ing Robynn to The MGA Academy. She is al­ready very tal­ented and im­pressed all the staff dur­ing her au­di­tion, but we are con­fi­dent the train­ing she re­ceives here will en­sure she im­proves as a per­former and help her achieve her dream of be­ing on stage.’

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