Dancer steps out with scholarship

Dancer Kris Bradford (centre) with centre manager Guy Boyce, Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Kayleen Bradford and Mandurah councillor Rhys Williams.
Dancer Kris Bradford (centre) with centre manager Guy Boyce, Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Kayleen Bradford and Mandurah councillor Rhys Williams.

The scholarship is awarded in recognition of former Mandurah Performing Arts Centre production supervisor Leslie Couzens, who died in 2008.

Bradford (19), a former Mandurah Catholic College student, is a student at the Youth Ballet of WA in Perth.

The school offers tours across Europe to senior students to take auditions at many elite dance schools and companies in various countries.

Bradford underwent 10 auditions in several European countries in March with two other students.

He has been offered a place at the Staatliche Hochschule Fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim ” University of Music and Performing Arts and leaves for Germany at the end of this month.

The scholarship was conceived by Mandurah MLA David Templeman, City of Mandurah councillor Rhys Williams and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre general manager Guy Boyce.

Funds for the annual scholarship are raised from the popular Cheap and Dodgy Christmas Show at the centre. This year’s show, A Very Western Christmas, will be held on December 15.