Quar­tet bound for Big Ap­ple

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

The con­crete jun­gle is call­ing four young Rock­ing­ham dancers, who have been in­vited to at­tend classes at the pres­ti­gious Jof­frey Bal­let School in New York.

An­naleise Gaffney, 17, Mikayla Comp­ton, 15, Alana Moss­man, 13, and Kiara White, 12, au­di­tioned for Jof­frey Bal­let School artis­tic di­rec­tor Robert Ray last July af­ter he made a rare trip to Perth.

The girls will now em­bark on a one-week trip to the United States, de­part­ing on Septem­ber 25, ac­com­pa­nied by their dance teacher Bev­er­ley Mar­garet.

The aim of the trip is for the dancers to visit the school and dis­cover if they have what it takes to live and study in New York.

An­naleise and Mikayla have been of­fered four-year place­ments while Alana and Kiara have been in­vited to at­tend sum­mer school.

The girls study at the Bev­er­ley Mar­garet School of Dance in Rock­ing­ham and have been danc­ing for many years.

As a re­sult of their in­vi­ta­tions to the Jof­frey Bal­let School, the dancers have en­joyed a visit to the Perth Con­sulate Gen­eral for the United States Cyn­thia Grif­fin, who has been fol­low­ing their progress.

Mrs Mar­garet said stu­dents from her com­pany had pre­vi­ously re­ceived in­vi­ta­tions to dance and per­form over­seas but this par­tic­u­lar oc­ca­sion was a rare op­por­tu­nity.

“The in­vi­ta­tion from the Jof­frey Bal­let School is very ex­cit­ing — I have had stu­dents re­ceive of­fers from around the world and trav­elled to Los An­ge­les and Flor- ida be­fore, but this is my first time in New York,” she said.

An­naleise and Mikayla train four days a week and hope to be­come pro­fes­sional dancers af­ter their high school stud­ies.

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Mikayla Comp­ton, An­naleise Gaffney, Alana Moss­man and Kiara White are pre­par­ing to travel to New York as part of an in­vi­ta­tion to study at the Jof­frey Bal­let School.

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