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Dreams come true for dancer Dempsie

Dempsie Maconachie has been accepted into Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in Melbourne.

JESS CRAIG December 10, 2013 4:55am

Dempsie Maconachie.

For as long as she can remember, Dempsie Maconachie has wanted to perform.

Now, the talented 17-year-old will have her chance, with news of her acceptance to the Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in Melbourne.

Dempsie went through a seven hour audition process to try out for the college, only recently learning she has a place in 2014.

‘‘It’s amazing, it feels fantastic,’’ she said.

The passionate dancer will complete two years of intensive training in a range of genres, including ballet, jazz and contemporary.

‘‘I’ve been working towards it for years so to be accepted is just wonderful,’’ Dempsie said.

‘‘I’m very excited to get started (in January 2014).’’

The St Joseph’s College student, who completed her VCE this year, has been training with i-Dance School owner and teacher Jacqui Kornmann since she was 11.

‘‘Dempsie is very dedicated and very passionate, which you have to be if you want to succeed,’’ Mrs Kornmann said.

‘‘I’m very proud of her.

‘‘She’s worked so hard to get to this point... she does hours of training every week and now we’re focusing on getting her fit and ready for the school.

‘‘Dancing is tough, mentally and physically, so it’s important that Dempsie is ready when she begins full-time classes at the Ministry of Dance.’’

In addition to her classes, Dempsie has also become a mentor to the younger students, which Mrs Kornmann said has helped her dancing.

As for her long-term goals, Dempsie, who lists contemporary dance as her favourite style, said she just wants to perform.

‘‘I’ve always wanted to perform, so that’s what I want to do with my life,’ she said.

‘‘To get in to the Ministry of Dance is really fantastic... I’ve taken summer school there before so I’m really excited.’’

Dempsie performed in i-Dance’s sold out end of year concert at Paramount Theatre on the weekend.

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