Dancer wins na­tional ti­tle

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

BERTRAM dance prodigy Bethany King is tap­ping her way on to the world stage.

The 11-year-old re­fined her skills at Re­flec­tions Academy of Dance in Medina and re­cently won the NRG Dance Project Ju­nior Re­gional Prodigy WA.

She is the only one in WA to gain the elite schol­ar­ship and the sec­ond for Aus­tralia.

It means she has now won a full schol­ar­ship that will see Bethany vie for the ti­tle of Ju­nior Prodigy in Phoenix, Ari­zona, in June 2019.

The schol­ar­ship cov­ers all costs, in­clud­ing a four­day dance work­shop and all en­try fees.

Keen not to let this op­por­tu­nity pass their daugh­ter by, her fam­ily has be­gun fundrais­ing to cover the cost of her travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­penses.

They will sell choco­lates, hold raf­fles and have started a go fund me page (Sup­port Bethany’s US Fi­nals Trip 19).

Bethany’s mother, Sam, said they were look­ing into other op­tions.

“The stu­dio is fully be­hind her and it is such an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity that could take her any­where,” she said.

“It could lead to work all over the US.

“We couldn’t let this go; we have to try raise the money for her. We are very proud of her.”

Bethany her­self is grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.

“It meant a lot to win and it was re­ally fun,” she said.

“I ac­tu­ally achieved some­thing and it will help peo­ple know I’m a prodigy dancer.

“It can in­spire my friends to go for their dreams.

“My dream is to be a back-up dancer one day for some of the big mu­sic artists such as Bey­once.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said the fam­ily con­tacted him for sup­port and to help get the word out about Bethany’s suc­cess.

“It’s great to see Bethany take on the world; she’s a star in the making,” he said.

“It’s so heart-warm­ing to see a young girl from Bertram mix it with the best young dancers in the world.

“Bethany has so much nat­u­ral tal­ent but she also has pas­sion for dance and she’s pre­pared to work hard six days a week.”

Bethany King is off to broaden her danc­ing hori­zons in Phoenix, Ari­zona, in 2019.

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