Four locals who train at Danae Cantwell School of Dance have been rewarded for their dedication and will take the next step in their early careers of performance.
Jiminum Stirling, 17, is graduating to attend Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance in Melbourne and train full-time at the performing arts school.
Ellie Fletcher, 15, has successfully auditioned to attend the National College of Dance in Newcastle to pursue her dream in ballet.
Sofia Hamilton, 11, was selected into the Australian Ballet Schools Interstate training program which is a prestigious program limited to a select number of students from around the country.
Zoe Roberts, 13, was offered a place into the Tanya Pearson Academy's affiliate program based on her ballet technique and potential.
Dance teacher Danae Shore is proud of her students for their achievements.
"They have all been rewarded for their hard work and dedication to dance," Danae told the Argus.
"They work hard at their training and do extras and it has paid off for them. It's a tough industry to break into and it's a credit to them for receiving this recognition, especially when they are from a small country town."
Jiminum is looking forward to the opportunity to learn from a range of different coaches.
"I want to improve as a performer and I am prepared to put in the hard work at training," he said.
Jim has just returned from performing in the NSW aboriginal dance company at this years schools spectacular- another achievement for him.
Ellie is hopeful doors will open for her career path by making the move to Newcastle.
"I am very honoured to be invited to join the school, I wouldn't have been able to do it, if it wasn't for Danae and her team," Ellie said.
"It's scary but it's also the next step to take in my career."
Zoe is embracing the chance to supplement her training with some of the best teachers in the country.
"I am very excited at the opportunity and it will be great to learn from some of the best coaches in the industry. Lucinda Dunn, Australia's longest serving Prima ballerina, is the artistic director of the academy and a total inspiration," she said.
Sofia was shocked to discover she was selected into the Australian Ballet Schools program.
"I didn't think I would make it and when I found out I did, I thought I was just dreaming," Sofia said.
"But then as time went on I started to believe I was picked and it was an amazing feeling."
Danae was pleased to know her students are on the right trajectory and are developing at a high level.
"We are very proud of them and it's good to know we are on the right track with what we are teaching too," she said.
"It's always a bit more of a challenge for the country kids to have these opportunities due to the distance but it's these types of opportunities our dance school tries very hard to provide for our kids.
"So it's great to know we are doing the right thing here in the country and are giving them every opportunity to excel."
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