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Young Strathmerton dancer hits the big time

Strathmerton dancer Grace Elliott has beaten hundreds of hopefuls to be accepted into the prestigious Jason Collins Ministry of Dance school in Melbourne.

RANDALL JOHNSTON October 2, 2012 4:20pm

Acceptance into Melbourne’s Jason Collins Ministry of Dance is the realisation of a dream for Year 11 Christ the King College student Grace Elliott.


Grace, 17, auditioned for the course a few weeks ago and was elated at the news she had made it through against some tough competition.

‘‘I was suprised when I got the email saying I was in,’’ she said.

‘‘Mum is extremely happy.

‘‘Looks like I will have to move to Melbourne.’’

Grace said she felt the nerves in the lead-up to her audition, but managed to tough it out.

‘‘I was quite nervous for the audition because I had to do every style of dance including ballet, contemporary jazz and hip-hop.

‘‘I’m more into hip-hop and jazz dance.’’

Grace has been doing hip-hop dance for the past six years at Amy Newton Dance Studios in Shepparton.

The Ministry of Dance course is full-time for two years and is well-regarded in Australian dance circles.

Grace said she owed a debt of gratitude to her mother, who has been driving her and her sister to dance classes in Shepparton three times a week for years.

Acceptance into the Jason Collins Ministry of Dance is the realisation of a dream for the Year 11 Christ the King College student, who starting dancing at age 12.

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