Winthrop ballet dancer twirling her way to Chicago

485647p Jada Huang (15) is taking part in a summer intensive ballet program in Chicago.
485647p Jada Huang (15) is taking part in a summer intensive ballet program in Chicago.

WINTHROP’S ballet talent is currently on show in Chicago.

Jada Huang, who dances fulltime at the Samantha Jane School of Ballet in Joondalup, has been invited to attend a three-week advanced summer intensive program at the Joffery Academy of Dance.

She will then remain in the US to audition for a pre-professional place at the academy to further develop a strong foundation in classical ballet and help pursue a career as a professional dancer.

The 15-year-old said she was “very excited” to be chosen for the program after she sent her video audition in February.

Classes will include ballet (technique, pointe and variation), character, contemporary, body conditioning, modern and jazz.

“I hope to experience and learn about dance life in America, which is slightly different from Australia and Europe, and to gain and learn knowledge from the Joffery Academy faculty and company dancers from Joffrey Ballet, as well as meet other dancers from around the world,” Huang said.

She said if she was to be accepted for a pre-professional placement, she would move to Chicago to train with the academy during evening classes and study in the day.

Huang has been dancing for since she was three years old, joining Samantha Jane School of Ballet in 2016.

“I love the technical side of working to perfect each step as well as the artistic side of expressing the music, emotion and story of ballet,” she said.

She said while it was a hard decision to leave Penrhos College to dance fulltime, it was “abundantly clear that to pursue a ballet career I had to begin full-time training now”.

“I love dancing very much, especially ballet, and cannot imagine not pursuing a dance career,” she said.

“I hope to one day join a ballet company and be able to do what I love to do every day as work.

“As a young dancer, many times we focus too much on technique and forget that our love for ballet and its beauty is what inspired us to start on this journey in the first place.”