Pro­fes­sional path­way

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

Six Wim­mera dance en­thu­si­asts are one step closer to real­is­ing their dream of a pro­fes­sional danc­ing ca­reer af­ter win­ning ac­cep­tance to Mel­bourne schools.

Horsham Col­lege stu­dents Lucinda Bin­ney, Julia Gas­parini, Michael Sherry, Grace Robert­son and Shanae Thomas and Mur­toa Col­lege’s Neve Tay­lor are cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess­ful au­di­tions.

Horsham Col­lege VCE dance teacher Amy Anselmi said she was thrilled to see years of hard work pay off for her ta­lented pupils, who had reaped the re­wards of a ded­i­cated dance path­way at the col­lege.

“It’s the first time we have had this many kids ac­cepted into dance cour­ses,” she said.

Lucinda, Julia, Michael and Grace will at­tend Tran­sit Dance in Kens­ing­ton, which of­fers na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited cour­ses to tran­si­tion con­tem­po­rary dance stu­dents into pro­fes­sional ca­reers.

The stu­dents will com­plete a two-year Diploma of Dance – Elite Per­for­mance.

“Tran­sit Dance per­form­ing arts stream only took 25 stu­dents out of more than 200 ap­pli­cants and our stu­dents were three of them,” Miss Anselmi said.

“Lucinda, Julia and Michael will do the pre-pro­fes­sional jazz stream, while Grace will study the con­tem­po­rary dance course.”

Shanae and Neve are off to The Space Dance and Arts Cen­tre in Prahran, where they will com­plete Flex­i­ble In­ten­sive In­dus­try Train­ing.

The course in­cludes bal­let, con­tem­po­rary, jazz, com­mer­cial and fit­ness work.

“At Space they will re­ceive train­ing in all sorts of dance styles and have ac­cess to teach­ers and chore­og­ra­phers,” Miss Anselmi said.

“They will also have a chance to join a tal­ent agency along with re­ceiv­ing world-class dance train­ing.”

Miss Anselmi said Horsham Col­lege of­fered dance as an elec­tive from year eight.

“We also of­fer VET – Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing – danc­ing and dance at a VCE level to year 11 and 12 stu­dents,” she said.

“Lucinda, Michael, Grace and Shanae stud­ied VCE dance this year with me at Horsham Col­lege.

“They had to chore­o­graph their own dance rou­tine, which they per­formed to an ex­ter­nal as­sess­ment panel at the end of the year.

“Neve at­tended Mur­toa Col­lege but stud­ied VET dance un­der Emily Friedrich­sen at Horsham Col­lege for the past two years. She also com­pleted VCE dance via dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion prior to that.

“Julia did VCE drama and at­tended dance tech­nique classes in her spares.”

Miss Anselmi said all six Wim­mera dancers had also danced at her Horsham-based Av­enue Dance Stu­dio for many years.

“They’ve danced with me since pri­mary school and they’ve all worked in­cred­i­bly hard,” she said.

“I’m in­sanely proud of them. I’ve seen all of the work they’ve put in, how ded­i­cated they are and how much they love dance.

“They are also all ex­cel­lent role mod­els for younger dancers. They’ve done a lot of per­for­mances for them through­out the year.”

STEP CLOSER: Six Horsham Col­lege dance stu­dents, in­clud­ing from right, Julia Gas­parini, Lucinda Bin­ney and Grace Robert­son, will at­tend pro­fes­sional dance cour­ses in Mel­bourne next year. Ab­sent, Shanae Thomas, Neve Tay­lor and Michael Sherry.

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