The Nutcracker: young Butler dancer to take part in ballet performance

Alana Vince. Picture: Energy Images
Tamika Farrugia. Picture: DanceVision.TV
Alana Vince. Picture: Energy Images Tamika Farrugia. Picture: DanceVision.TV

A YOUNG Butler ballet dancer will add performing in WA Ballet’s The Nutcracker to her list of successes this month.

Alana Vince (11) is a student at Samantha Jane School of Ballet in Joondalup, and principal Samantha Corby said she successfully auditioned for a role in the production as one of the children in the party scene.

Mrs Corby said Alana had also successfully auditioned for The Australian Ballet School’s interstate training program at level three for 2017 and she would travel to Sydney in December for a national competition after winning the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Genee Dance Challenge in level one for WA.

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“This is a nationwide competition coinciding with the prestigious RAD Genee Competition held at the Sydney Opera House,” Mrs Corby said.

Another of her students, Tamika Farrugia (15) recently won the RAD bursary WA semi-finals and will travel to Melbourne to compete in the finals for the $7000 bursary.

“Students must have passed their advanced one exam with a distinction to be eligible to compete – one finalist is |accepted from each state,” Mrs Corby said. The Connolly girl was also accepted into interstate schools for 2017 – Joffrey Ballet School, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

“In June, Tamika also won the prestigious 14-16 years Joan Stacey Scholarship at the RAD Festival and is in the WA Ballet master class program,” Mrs Corby said. Joffrey accepted her students Ella Muntz (14), Portia Secker (16) and Jada Huang (14) as well, with Jada also on the WA Ballet master class program.

Portia and another student Angel Wright-Warner (16) were accepted to do a WAAPA diploma and Mia Read-Maximo (10) would do The Australian Ballet School’s interstate training program at level one. The Nutcracker will show at His Majesty’s Theatre from November 18 to December 11.

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