JACK Dunne is preparing to take to the seas after being cast in Frozen, A Musical Spectacular on board a Disney cruise ship.
Growing up in Sorrento, Dunne left Perth for Sydney two years ago to further his training and pursue a career in dance and theatre.
On Monday, he will head to Toronto for two months of “intense” rehearsals six days a week before boarding Disney Wonder in April and cruising the Caribbean and Alaska until November.
“We will learn all the shows and receive training in Disney traditions,” he said.
“I have been training in the gym everyday working on both weight training and cardio.
“I have been also been working on my acrobatics and dance technique.”
As well as his role as a dancer and acrobat in Frozen, Dunne will perform in several other Disney shows including Golden Mickey’s, Disney, An Enchanted Classic, Welcome Aboard Variety Show and the Pirates in the Caribbean deck party.
The 21-year-old said he started taking dance classes at the age of 11.
“This was not always an easy road as dance was not seen by many as a traditional path for boys,” he said.
“However, I knew in my heart it was what I was meant to do and I persevered through adversity.
“I’m so glad I did and would encourage any boys who want to dance to do the same.”
Dunne said he was offered the gig on Disney Wonder after he uploaded a video to Instagram.
“It was noticed by Australian dancer Josh Horner who sent my video to Disney; he has been a great mentor ever since,” he said.
“Words cannot describe how excited and grateful I am for this opportunity.
“I get to learn more about the performing arts whilst performing in world class shows and it will give me the opportunity to showcase my talents on an international scale.
“It is a platform to perhaps take things to the next level.”
Dunne said he was grateful for what he was taught in Perth because it gave him “the foundations to build a career in the arts”.
“I received excellent dance and acrobatic training in Perth from Jody Marshall Luplau at Jody Marshall Dance Company in Balcatta and from Raquel Muia at The Performance Company in Morley,” he said.
“I also attended Prendiville Catholic College in Ocean Reef and took part in their dance program during my secondary schooling.”
He said his hope for the future was to become a successful international performer.
“Maybe even the next Hugh Jackman,” he said.