Dancers fol­low their dreams

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Ava Loweke won awards in bal­let, demi-char­ac­ter, jazz and tap sec­tions, and was also se­lected to be a part of the Vic­to­rian State Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion of Kayla Ben­der played a star­ring role in Mel­bourne City Youth Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion of as well as com­peti

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,

Ex­cep­tional:

Bril­liant:

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.

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