Teens win prestigious dance places
TWO teenage dance students have found the perfect paths to take their careers to new and exciting heights.
As David King prepares for the first of a three-year Fine Arts degree at Brisbane’s Queensland University of Technology, Courtney Taylor looks forward to joining an exclusive Brisbane ballet company.
“They’re doing very well,” proud teacher Ms Dianne McLellan said.
Ms McLellan said 96 budding dancers auditioned for the prestigious dance course, and David was one of the lucky 17 chosen from Queensland and interstate.
David has been studying classical ballet, jazz dance, lyrical, contemporary and cabaret for 12 years with the dance studio.
“It was an incredible feat for David, he has worked so hard and is so focused now on pursuing this as a career,” Ms McLellan said.
“I think he’s on the right track and beginning the next journey of his life,” she said. Having just wrapped up his final year at Kepnock High School, David’s parents Adrian and Lisa King were also pleased with their son.
“It’s wonderful, we do feel proud and we’re really happy because that’s what his passion is, that’s what he wants to do,” Mr King said.
About to turn 17, this talented teen described the opportunity as his “new pathway in life”.
“I’ve wanted to dance all my life,” David said.
Meanwhile, after a recent and gruelling two-hour audition in Brisbane, 14-year-old Courtney has been accepted into an exclusive Brisbane ballet company.
The tiny Kepnock High School student was one of only a few accepted into the 2010 course, and can look forward to travelling and performing The Nutcracker.
“She has been training in all styles of dance and improved out of sight this year,” the Ms McLellan said.
Courtney has been successful on the eisteddfod circuit throughout the year, winning the coveted Senior Ballet Championship at the Gladstone Eisteddfod, and will also train for her advanced examination during 2010 with The Dianne McLellan dancers.