Dancers follow their dreams
Three local dancers are making a name for themselves on the big stage.
Ava Loweke, Kayla Bender and Maria Robinson have each brought home a swag of awards this year under the guidance of Camille Edwards.
Ava, 12, started her dancing year off in January with the Follow Your Dreams Nationals, where she placed in both the jazz and neo-classical sections.
She competed in six other competitions throughout the year, bringing home an impressive six first places, two seconds, two thirds and five highly commended awards.
There’s no limit to Ava’s talent, with the awards coming in ballet, demi-character, jazz and tap sections.
To top off the year, Ava was selected to be a part of the Victorian State Ballet’s Victorian season of Snow White — which took her on a four-month tour around the state.
Kayla started off 2018 with a bang, scoring a role in Melbourne City Youth Ballet’s production of Alice in Wonderland, where she performed in three shows.
She followed that with a performance at the Nagambie on Water festival with her fellow Edwards Dance Studio crew, and said she had an absolute ball entertaining the crowd in the summer heat.
During the year, Kayla competed at several dance competitions and received awards for a variety of dance genres — including jazz, hip-hop and classical.
Next year is looking to be just as busy for Kayla, who has been selected to be a part of the Melbourne City Youth Ballet’s next show — The Wizard of Oz — in February.
Maria’s year has been equally as impressive, with a host of placings and honourable mentions under her belt in 2018.
Competing in tap, contemporary and character genres in competitions around the state, Maria has amassed four first placings, three seconds, two thirds and two honourable mentions.
Maria has also qualified to compete at next year’s Follow Your Dreams Nationals, to be held in January.
The event will be held in Melbourne, and attracts dancers from Australia and New Zealand.
Star power: Alice in Wonderland,
High achieving: Kayla Bender, Maria Robinson and Ava Loweke have just finished a big year on stage, with each dancer winning a host of awards.