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Seymour ballet dancer to take on the world

Danielle Whitfort has been selected to represent Australia in a prestigious international competition.

CHALPAT SONTI June 4, 2014 3:56am

Danielle Whitfort in action.

Seymour ballet dancer Danielle Whitfort has been chosen for the Australian team to take part in a prestigious international competition.

Danielle, 16, will travel to the United States in August for the annual Cecchetti International Ballet Competition, featuring dancers from around the world.

Cecchetti is a ballet technique taught at the Victorian College for the Arts in Melbourne, where Danielle is a student, as well as the Australian Ballet School.

She made the team after an exhaustive day-long process, starting off with a class in front of a panel of principal dancers, and she performed three solos during the day.

Danielle is one of five Victorians in the team, with others chosen from around the nation.

‘‘It’s a big thrill,’’ she said.

It wasn’t a lot different to getting into VCA in the first place. She started with an audition followed by a semi-final before being chosen.

Prior to that she did distance education for a year and was at Seymour College before that.

Danielle started out in dancing aged about three or four at Camille Edwards’ dance studio in Seymour and was later taught at Epping and Ballarat twice a week before going to the Jane Moore Academy of Ballet in Melbourne.

And the travelling hasn’t stopped. She commutes to Melbourne each day leaving home at 5.30am and not getting back until about 6.45pm. Not that it seems to be affecting her.

‘‘I’m loving it,’’ Danielle said.

‘‘We do about three or four hours of dance a day then we do our academic studies.’’

And what of the future?

‘‘Hopefully that will be with a ballet company somewhere,’’ she said.

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