FIFTEEN-year-old Emily Masters, from Lenah Valley, has just become the first Tasmanian ballet dancer in more than 15-years to secure a spot in the prestigious Australian Ballet School.
“I recently auditioned and was accepted into level five of the full-time program at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne,” Emily said.
“Next year, I will move to Melbourne and will board at the new boarding facilities that they have at the Australian Ballet School.”
For Emily, this will mean combining half days of rigorous ballet training under expert choreographers with half days of studying at the Victorian College of the Arts on weekdays.
This will be in addition to even more ballet classes during weekends.
“I’m very excited, but also a little nervous about moving away from my family,” Emily said.
Emily started ballet just five-years-ago and for the past two-years has been a member of the Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company.
Minister for the Arts and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer recently joined Emily at the House of Dance City Hub to watch more than 60 young ballet students from around the state audition for a spot in the 2018 Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company (TYCBC).
“The TYCBC was established in 2015 to provide young dancers with unique performance opportunities, intensive ballet training and individual coaching,” Ms Archer said.
“The TYCBC is for aspiring, dedicated ballet students just like Emily who have dreams and ambitions to one day perform on stages around the world.
“As the new Minister for the Arts, I couldn’t be more proud of what Emily has achieved and I really do wish her the very best for a wonderful and successful career.”
TYCBC executive director Michelle Williams said around 40 dancers would be selected to join the 2018 Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company.
“We have been thrilled by the response from dance schools statewide and the support we receive from the dancers’ teachers and their families,” she said.
Once accepted into the company, dancers have one three-hour class per week on top of their regular ballet school.
“I love performing ballet because you can just express yourself, feel whatever you want and forget about all your worries,” Emily said.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenges ahead of me and will work really hard to achieve my dream of being a classical ballet dancer.
“One day I hope to perform with famous ballet companies on stages all around the world.”
Caption: From left, Emily Masters, who has been accepted into the 2018 Australian Ballet School, Liberal Member for Denison and Minster for the Arts Elise Archer and young dancers Chloe Payne, Lilah Harding, Meara Clearly and Esther Walsh.