Winthrop dancer to take toughest test in NZ


Jada Huang will go to Wellington to compete for a scholarship. Picture: DanceVision.TV
Jada Huang will go to Wellington to compete for a scholarship. Picture: DanceVision.TV

JADA Huang (14) is used to travelling for dance classes but this month will journey a lot farther to compete for an international scholarship.

The Winthrop teenager has been travelling to Joondalup five days a week to train at Samantha Jane School of Ballet (SJSB).

Principal Samantha Corby said Jada was doing the senior transition program at her school, tailored for students pursuing careers in ballet or contemporary dance.

Mrs Corby said Jada studied about 20 hours a week there, as well as training on Monday and Friday evenings at the WAAPA Propel course and keeping up her schooling.

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From Thursday, April 13 to Monday, April 17, Jada will be in Wellington, New Zealand for the Alana Haines Australasian Awards.

“This event is held over the Easter long weekend and students ranging from 11-18 years compete for international scholarships to help them embark on their dance journey,” Mrs Corby said.

“Jada is in supreme A (13-15 year-olds) and performs an adjudicated classical class, professional classical repertoire solo and an own choice choreographed solo. She has been preparing for this event since last year and will be competing against 230 other young artists. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that benchmarks a young dancer’s career path.”