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by KATE CRAWFORD
The Moseman Daily
Photograph by Dave Swift
August 27, 2009

 

 Perry Scott, 15, Australian Ballet School 2009

STEP aside Billy Elliot, here come’s Seaforth dance student Perry Scott.  The 15-year-old has made one of the most spectacular leaps into the elite world of ballet by being accepted into the prestigious Australian Ballet School just seven months after deciding to learn to dance.

Perry was not inspired by the Billy Elliot story but by the film Strictly Ballroom. He saw the film with his mum, thought he’d like to learn to dance and began weekly lessons at Mosman Dance Academy.

“As soon as he walked in, I knew,” academy principal Jasmin Bobyk said. “Perry is a born dancer with the perfect physique for ballet.”

Bobyk said after Perry completed one term of weekly dance lessons in tap and classical ballet, she encouraged him to concentrate on ballet.

Perry had only done another three terms of three lessons a week when he successfully took part in an audition class in June for the Australian Ballet School though only 14.

Hundreds of aspiring young ballet dancers from across Australia, most of whom have undertaken years of lessons, audition each year for the school.

Perry said he was shocked when he was accepted. “The whole family was giddy and mum was crying,” he said.

Perry will move to Melbourne in January to attend the four-year course, which also includes regular academic studies.

Perry comes from a talented family. His mum is Lyndall Brasier, a teacher at Mosman High School, and his father Craig is head of jazz at the Conservatorium of Music. His older brother Joel is training to be an opera singer and sister Lucy is studying for a double degree in fine arts.

 

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