Dancing with the stars... Ainge School of Dance student Sophia Metzler has been dancing since she was 4 years old and recently performed as a child extra in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of The Sleeping Beauty in Invercargill. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON.

Dancing with the Royal New Zealand Ballet dancers was a “dream come true” for Sophia Metzler. The 11-year-old Ainge School of Dance student took to the stage as a child extra when the company performed The Sleeping Beauty in Invercargill last month.

Sophia said she had been dancing since she was 4 years old.

“I’ve always loved it and I finally got the opportunity to dance with the people I aspire to be,” she said.

Sophia played the part of a court page along with nine other children.

“They gave me a wonderful part and I had a lot of fun and met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends.”

The court pages danced in all four acts of the ballet.

“It was amazing.”

She was not nervous about dancing on stage in front of a large audience.

“I love practice and all but I also love performing.”

Probably the best part of the experience was dancing with the Royal New Zealand ballet dancers.

The costume, which was like a blouse, did not appeal to her.

“I’m more of a girly girl so I like getting dressed in tutus and pink as a dancer .. rather than getting dressed up in blue and white, so that was a bit different for me.”

Just about everything she owned was dance related.

“Most kids will have toys but all my stuff is dance stuff, which I’m happy about.

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