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by Kathryn Welling 
The Manly Daily
September 21, 20 10


EAT your heart out Billy Elliot – Balgowlah Heights has sure-footed Sean Kiley, who is about to raise the barre in ballet. The 15-year-old schoolboy who loves soccer and Futsal is one of only 20 boys nationwide to gain a place at the prestigious Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. 

And his mum Jenny Kiley said yesterday he was almost destined to become a dancer as a far-sighted ballet teacher recognised his potential when he was only two years old. “He would come with me to his big sister’s ballet class and I remember the teacher saying he would be on the stage one day as he had perfect turn-out,’’ she said. “I am so glad that his passion matches his ability.’‘ 

Mum is selling the family home of 17 years in Balgowlah Heights so she can move down to Melbourne with her son as he starts at the elite school. 

Sean will study ballet in the morning and continue with normal school subjects each afternoon. “It is a big change but I am hoping it will give me more opportunities in dance, and if I didn’t go now I was afraid I would regret it later,’’ the year 9 SCEGGS Redlands student said. 

After watching his big sister at dance lessons, Sean started with hip-hop aged around five then joined a tap-dancing class for a couple of years before his teacher suggested ballet. 

“I love the exhilaration, the turns and the jumps. There is a lot of physicality and a real sense of achievement when you do those jumps well,’’ he said. 

Friends teased him a bit at first but playing sport has helped and winning the place at ballet school has stopped the ribbing. 

“I also like gym and love to read,’’ Sean said. 

The Australian Ballet School was founded in 1962 to train dancers in the style required by The Australian Ballet. It virtually guarantees its students a career in dance, with 90 per cent gaining a contract within six months of graduating. 

Sean is particularly keen to one day dance the male solo role from the great Russian ballet Don Quixote. “I have seen it on videos and it is really full on. It is technically hard and amazing to watch . . . that is my dream,’’ he said. 

Meanwhile, the Kiley home in Bungaloe Ave is for sale for more than $1,495,000, through Belle Property Seaforth, and the family room is big enough for the longest leap. 


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