ON STAGE: Former St Joseph’s Childers student Emily Burns will study at the prestigious McDonald College after receiving a scholarship.
ON STAGE: Former St Joseph’s Childers student Emily Burns will study at the prestigious McDonald College after receiving a scholarship. Contributed

Big opportunity for our Emily

A TRIP to Sydney to attend a summer dancing program has opened the door to an unprecedented opportunity for Emily Burns.

The former St Joseph's Childers student attended the International Summer School from January 6-16.

During the first week of the program, McDonald College's principal approached the 14-year-old after seeing her dance the previous day, and offered a scholarship for the next three years.

It did not take long for Emily to respond, and before she knew it Janet Burns was helping pack her daughter's bags for Sydney.

"They said they still had some scholarships from last year," Mrs Burns said.

The offer was impossible to turn down, with the jazz and tap specialist opting to further her performing arts education at the prestigious dance school.

She will slot into school in Year 10, and at 14 will be one of the youngest students in the grade.

But according to Mrs Burns that will not faze the TNT Dance Studio member, who has danced since before she was three years old.

"I was talking to the principal (yesterday) morning and they've only had positive things to say," Mrs Burns said.

"She's always worked really hard.

"She did silver star jazz and bronze star tap, but she's been put straight up to gold star for both.

"It is a jump but we figured she should be able to handle it."

During her time at TNT Emily was taught by Michele Bates and Couris Sheppard, while she learned ballet from Lyn Jover.

She excelled in her exam work, usually earning honours or distinction marks.

Emily has entered many eisteddfods, mainly the Bundaberg Festival of Dance, since she was in the six years and under age group.

She performed well over the years, and was awarded many encouragement trophies as well as winning three championships and runner-up for another.

In 2014, Emily was awarded the trophy for the Performer Showing the Most Potential at the eisteddfod.



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