Lit­tle Ivy lives to dance

The Riverine Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Words: ALEX GRETGRIX

DANC­ING Queen, young and sweet and only ... six? Echuca’s Ivy Walker is a tal­ented and award-win­ning dancer with suc­cess in events such as Mel­bourne Jumps Dance Chal­lenge and Mel­bourne’s Time to Shine.

Mother Kel­ley Walker says she knew Ivy had tal­ent all along. “She used to love putting dance movies on; An­nie, the

Wiz­ard of Oz, all of those. She used to dance around the house and that’s when we knew she was go­ing to dance,” Mrs Walker said.

Ivy started her dance ca­reer at age three in Baby Bal­le­rina’s at iDance Stu­dio.

She com­pleted half of prep class be­fore be­ing moved up a grade due to her ad­vanced danc­ing skills.

Com­pet­ing and win­ning in the clas­si­cal and tap sec­tions, Ivy is also in­ter­ested in ven­tur­ing into other gen­res. “She’s tried jazz be­fore and loved it, so I think she may start tak­ing that up next year,” Mrs Walker said.

Out­side dance, Ivy’s love to keep mov­ing doesn’t stop, tak­ing on swim­ming and even triathlons. “She wants to take af­ter her dad,” Mrs Walker said. “He runs triathlons and Ivy does now too, she loves Lit­tle Ath­let­ics and just mov­ing.”

Her wins in the Mel­bourne com­pe­ti­tions have se­cured her a spot in both the State Cham­pi­onships next month and the na­tion­als in Jan­uary. “It’s pretty amaz­ing; she’s do­ing such a great job. We’re so proud of her,” Mrs Walker said.

Photo: LUKE HEMER

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