Dance dream leads overseas

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It is going to be a big year for Nicole Parry, who has been accepted for the ED5 International performing arts course in Sydney and the World Championships of Performing Arts in the United States.

The Gore Visitor Centre senior consultant is to start the two-year full-time course in Sydney at the end of January. There she will further develop her skills in singing, dancing and acting.

Her audition included three dance pieces demonstrating different styles, two songs and an acting piece, Miss Parry said.

It would be a tough two years physically but she was looking forward to learning from some highly skilled teachers, especially in the field of dance.

It was a fantastic opportunity, she said.

The focus for her was on dance.

Her dream is to become a professional dancer.

“I’ll see where it takes me and hope for the best.”

Working on fitness and flexibility would be a focus.

“But I’m sure that first week will be a shock.”

She was expecting to be one of the oldest entrants.

It was a case of now or never, she said.

Miss Parry began to learn dance at the relatively late age of 15 but it was a passion that had stayed with her.

“I’m just really excited to be doing it fulltime.”

She did not expect there to be any other New Zealanders in her classes.

“I think I’m the only Kiwi in my intake. ”

Miss Parry will be leaving behind her dance students at Jade’s School of Dance in Gore and she said she would miss them.

As well as dancing in Sydney, Miss Parry will attend the World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California, in July and will also have to fit in preparation for that global event.