Seymour's Danielle Whitfort will train at a specialised performing arts school after being accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts.JENNA BISHOP February 5, 2014 4:56am
Seymour’s Danielle Whitford may only be 16, but she has her eyes firmly set on the bright lights of international ballet stages after she was accepted into a prestigious Victorian dance school.
Danielle discovered she had been accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in December after undertaking a rigorous interview/audition process in August.
She officially started at the school last Wednesday.
‘‘I was really excited because it was something I really wanted,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m a little nervous, but I’m excited too.’’
In addition to her Year 11 studies, Danielle will also intensively study ballet, with half a day each day dedicated to dance studies.
The school runs six days a week, including Saturdays, although the tough schedule doesn’t faze Danielle.
After studying through distance education last year, Danielle has already planned how to use the daily train ride from Seymour to Melbourne — to get her homework done.
After completing Year 11 and 12 at VCASS, Danielle is hoping to score a role with a dance company, and has her sights set on working internationally.
Danielle said she started dancing at the age of three and has now been dancing for 13 years.
‘‘I remember mum taking me to my first dance class and I started to grow and love it,’’ she said.
‘‘I think the performance and all the hard work paying off to get the final product is why I love it.’’
Last year, Danielle studied ballet under the tutelage of Jane Moore of the prestigious Jane Moore Academy of Ballet in Melbourne.
She has also competed at state and national level, reaching the quarter final stage of an elite ballet scholarship at the Sydney Eisteddfod in July.
Danielle said her favourite ballet was Swan Lake, although it was difficult to pick from the many performances she had attended in the past couple of years.
VCASS head of dance Tim Storey congratulated Danielle on being part of the 10 per cent of auditionees who made it into the school.
‘‘We look forward to watching (her) development in 2014 and (her) future performances in Melbourne and Seymour,’’ he said.
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