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By Shireen Khali
The Inner West Courier
October 6, 2011

RYU Bautista has developed impressive techniques for someone who has only been doing ballet for a few years.

The 11-year-old McDonald College student’s skill hasn’t gone unnoticed – he was recently been awarded first place in Classical Ballet Solo, Contemporary Dance Solo and Boys Championship at the Sydney Eisteddfod.

“I love the artistry and being able to express myself through my movements, it’s just really fun to do,” Ryu said.

The Ultimo ballet dancer and his team from the McDonald College now have their hearts set on winning the Australian Ballet-Telstra Opening Act competition on Facebook.

They are the only act representing NSW.

“If we win we are the opening act for Ballet in the Gardens in Brisbane, which will help my friends and I in the future for opportunities and it will be amazing to perform with the Australian Ballet,” Ryu said.

The group of eight, who are one of five finalists, performed a routine to Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Rae Edds-Gibson.

To show your support go to Telstra Opening Act on Facebook and vote – it’s up to you.

[Telstra – Opening Act | Facebook]

* Ryu was highly commended in the Lyrical (11 years)
* His group: first place in Classical Ballet Group (12/ under), second in Lyrical Dance Group (12/ under) and third in Contemporary Dance Group (12/ under)


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