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.