Dancers raise the barre

Holly Crossley (12) and Teliah Sumatluck (10) have been accepted into the Australian Ballet School’s interstate program. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d410205
Holly Crossley (12) and Teliah Sumatluck (10) have been accepted into the Australian Ballet School’s interstate program. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d410205

Acceptance into The Australian Ballet School’s interstate training program means Holly Crossley (12) and Teliah Sumatluck (10) will continue at Da Beat Dance Studio while visiting Melbourne several times a year to train with teachers of international renown.

‘I checked my mailbox every day for a week, finally an envelope arrived saying The Australian Ballet School,’ Holly, of Burns Beach, said.

‘I was so excited that I quickly opened the envelope and read the first sentence, which said that I had been accepted.

‘When I saw this, I ran outside and started doing cartwheels on the grass.’

Teliah, of Beldon, was similarly overjoyed.

‘I was excited to audition back in July,’ she said.

‘Each day, I checked to see if the mail had arrived.

‘When it did and I was successful, I rang everyone I knew to tell them.

‘I hope this opportunity will help me build more confidence in myself and my ability.’

Da Beat Dance Studio ballet teacher Jenny Trafford said she was thrilled for her pupils.

‘Both girls are dedicated to train daily on their dance technique with experienced and highly qualified teachers,’ she said.

‘It is an honour for such committed, gifted and talented young students to be recognised and accepted by a world-renowned school.’

Holly said she would like to become a dance teacher and own a dance school.

‘My ultimate dream would be to get a place at The Australian Ballet School or Royal Ballet School in London,’ she said.