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December 14, 2010


BEING accepted into the prestigious Australian Ballet School is a dream that many ballet dancers won’t fulfil.  But Castle Hill classical ballet dancer Harrison Lee did so when he was only eight years old.

Harrison, now 11, was recently cast in the ensemble of The Nutcracker at the Sydney Opera House, his third professional production with The Australian Ballet. The sold-out performance premiered on December 3 and Harrison said he was excited and nervous about his first night.

“It was very relaxing backstage, so I tried not to think about what I had to do too much,” he said. “I think the show put a lot of impact on people by seeing young people performing like this. And it might inspire other people to start dancing.”

The St Angela’s School pupil started dancing at the age of five after joining his sister’s dance class. And he hasn’t looked back.

He has won many McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod awards — including gold in the boys’ dance category in September — successfully held a spot as an interstate student at the Melbourne-based Australian Ballet School for three years and is starting a scholarship with The McDonald College at North Strathfield next month.

Mum Cindy said she was overwhelmed when Harrison was accepted on the spot to join the ballet school in 2007. “He auditioned and normally dancers have to wait a while to find out, but Leigh Rowles (the head of student training) walked out of the room and asked if he could start next week,” she said.

“We’ve been going to Melbourne once a month for classes and private lessons until he is old enough to move there and study full time.”

Harrison said it was a privilege to learn from the professional dancers and teachers of the school. “I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing how different teachers teach,” he said. “It helps with my corrections because every teacher notices different things to correct.

“I’m looking forward to starting my scholarship next year, to meet new people and new teachers.”

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  1. Always heartwarming to see someone’s dream come true – not discounting all the hard work that has gone into it!

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