Dream of being dance teacher still alive for Carey Baptist College student

Variety WA scholarship winner Erin Armstrong.
Variety WA scholarship winner Erin Armstrong.

CAREY Baptist College student Erin Armstrong said winning a Variety WA scholarship has kept alive her dreams of being a professional dance teacher.

The Variety scholarships aim to aid recipients undergoing personal adversity who excel in the arts and sport areas.

Miss Armstrong was one of 34 young people to receive the award at a ceremony at the Heath Ledger Theatre last Friday.

She said her family had been struggling to meet the costs of her passion for dance before the scholarship.

“We were struggling at home with money; my dad was retired and had been diagnosed with multiple scleroses, so it was great to have the help.

“I’ve been dancing since I was three years old and it’s the thing that makes me the most happy, I don’t know where I’d be now if it weren’t for dance.”

Miss Armstrong said she planned to use the scholarship to further her hopes of becoming a professional dance teacher.

“I used to do ballet at the Charlesworth Ballet Institute and I left the dance school 12 months ago because I wanted to change my pathway from being a professional dancer to being a professional dance teacher,” she said.

“I love working with kids and I enjoy teaching them and being around them so I wanted to put what I’ve learnt into teaching them.”

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