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by Rob Bates
Wentworth Courier
Photograph by Alan Price
November 16, 2009


Hal Chrichton-Standish may be the only male ballet dancer at Woollahra Primary School but the talented youngster said that wasn’t as tough as most people assume. “When you think about how people would react to seeing a boy doing ballet, you would normally think that they would tease me but they don’t. So that’s really good,” Hal said.

Hal, 11, was recently offered a place at the Australian Ballet School under its International Training Program. Having trained at Alegria Dance Studios in Woolloomooloo since he was four, Hal was picked from thousands of youngsters from Australia and abroad who auditioned.

“It all started when I watched a production of the Nutcracker with my mum when I was about three,” he said. “I think it was the fluidity of it all that I really liked. It’s just really grand.”

The Nutcracker is still his favourite production and in 2007 he danced with the Australian Ballet in the Royal Birmingham’s production of the piece at Sydney Opera House.

Hal’s mum, Kim Chrichton, said she had been taken completely by surprise when her son asked to enrol in ballet classes, but she couldn’t be more proud of him. “He was just blown away when he watched his first performance,” Ms Chrichton said. “He knelt for the entire thing because they didn’t have a booster seat and wouldn’t stop dancing around after seeing it.”

Hal is in the Department of Education State Dance Junior Ensemble, Drama Primary Ensemble and the Junior Singers and has been offered a place at a performing arts high school.


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