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Port Macquarie News
January 23, 2012

Within the next few years a visit to our region by dancers from the Australian Ballet Company could mark a homecoming for ballet stars in-the-making.

Brodie Chesher is a former student of Extreme Dance Studios who was accepted into the Australian Ballet School (ABS) in Melbourne in 2009.  This year Chesher will complete his final year (Level 8) at the school with the hope of being offered a contract with The Australian Ballet Company after graduation. “It’s a great experience and a great school and it’s wonderful to be with people who share the same passion,” Chesher said. “It has benefited me as a person and a dancer.”

His journey began when his teachers at Extreme, Jay and Elisa Pringle, recommended he audition, at age 14, for the Australian Ballet School’s Interstate Associate Program. This one week intensive tuition places dancers in the sight line of the ABS for the future. When he subsequently auditioned to attend the ABS full time he was accepted.

Now aged 18, Chesher completed his Year 12 equivalent studies last year. His classes this year concentrate solely on dance.

Extreme Dance Studios now has other young dancers following in his footsteps.  In 2011, James Wall, 16, completed year one at the ABS on a full scholarship at level four while Lauren Simpson also completed her first year at level five.

Other students who have been accepted for the ABS Interstate Associate Program are Adam Wall, Archie Callaghan, Tiegan Rockliff and Sophie Triggs.

Newest dancers to successfully audition to attend this year are Jett Ramsay, 11, and Samara Merrick.

Extreme Dance Studios opened its doors eight years ago and with so many of their students enjoying success the Pringles are very proud of them and the hard work and dedication they have shown.

Copyright © 2012. Fairfax Media.

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