Port Kennedy dancer off for toe-tappingly good time in New York at Youth American Grand Prix


Port Kennedy dancer Kelly Devlin is competing in the Youth American Grand Prix in New York.
Port Kennedy dancer Kelly Devlin is competing in the Youth American Grand Prix in New York.

PORT Kennedy dancer Kelly Devlin left for New York yesterday to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix.

The 15-year-old was thrilled to be accepted into the prestigious ballet competition.

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She said it was an amazing opportunity.

“I started ballet training at age five at The Dance Edge Co,” Kelly said.

“After doing one year of training at Betty Bentley Dance Academy, I moved at age 11 to continue my ballet training at Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy in Cockburn Central.

“Last year I decided to focus solemnly on my classical ballet and began training full time at KMPAA.

“After many years of hard work, have been lucky enough to have received so many amazing offers.”

Kelly has been accepted into many prestigious ballet summer schools and has had invitations to final auditions of European ballet schools.

“I plan to continue my ballet training at a reputable international ballet school commencing in September this year, and hopefully one day succeed in climbing through the ranks of an international ballet company,” she said.

Kelly said she loved the hard work, determination and long hours of training that ballet requires.

“I love pushing my limits to achieve my goals in the hope that one day I would be able to dance up on stage like many professional ballerinas I aspire to be,” she said.