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Photograph by Natalie Roberts
January 18, 2011


AFTER only four years of dancing, Hugo Dumapit, 9, has a promising future ahead of him. The young ballet dancer, of Glenhaven, has been picked for the Interstate Training Program with the Australian Ballet School, which is in Melbourne.

He auditioned last year for the program and will travel to Southbank in Melbourne for the training scheme in July.

He described his acceptance into the program as “very exciting and lucky”.

I like ballet because it’s passionate and it’s my style,” he said. “I’ve been doing it since I was 4 and I love it!”

Mum Carolyn Dumapit said she was proud of Hugo’s achievement and that the program was a national training program where auditions are held each year, enabling the Australian Ballet School to specially train male dancers from age 9 and older. “It’s a very big thing and very exciting,” she said. “He’s always shown promise ever since he started ballet.”

[Hugo] won [several] awards last year. He came first in four eisteddfods in classical ballet and another major achievement was the Junior Ballet Award, which was presented to him by the Australian Institute of Classical Dance.

The Australian Ballet School held auditions for the program at the University of Sydney.

Hugo has also trained in jazz and contemporary dance, dancing four days a week with the Caper School of Performing Arts which is in Bella Vista.


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