WHEN the new season of Channel 10's So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) premieres tomorrow night, Bundaberg will be able to cheer on one of its own, when former Kepnock High School student Renelle Jones (nee Quitorio) takes the stage.
The 23 year old, who lived in Bundaberg from 2002-09 and whose mother and grandparents still live here, is thrilled to have taken the opportunity of a lifetime.
"I started dancing when I was about three years old in Sydney and then when I moved to Bundaberg when I was 12, I danced with the Dianne McLellan Dance Academy until I left," she said.
"I took a few years off dancing and worked in insurance and retail when I moved back to Sydney, but I wasn't happy and all I wanted to do was dance."
Now enrolled in a Bachelor of Dance at the Wesley Institute, Mrs Jones said she'd always dreamed about auditioning for SYTYCD, but it wasn't until her husband urged to her to follow her dreams that she decided to take the leap.
"He's really supportive and I don't think I would have been able to do it without him," she said.
After securing a spot as a top 100 contestant, Mrs Jones also credits her Bundaberg dance teacher, Ms McLellan, with developing her passion for dance.
"I always worried about my lines and wanted to be technically perfect but she would say, 'it's about the passion' and to 'dance from the heart'.
"That's been a really important lesson. I wouldn't be the dancer I am today if it wasn't for Dianne."
A jazz dancer, Mrs Jones said the competition was all about being versatile in order to make the most of the incredible opportunity
"I've been taking as many different classes as I can," she said.
Mrs Jones said her ultimate goal was to work as a professional dancer.
So You Think You Can Dance will premiere tomorrow on Channel 10 at 6.30pm.
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