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Elisa Black
The Sunday Mail
May 26, 2012

With his halo of blond curls and his youthful grace, budding ballet dancer Dylan Darley seems made for the stage. But like many children his age, the Semaphore 11-year-old is keeping his options open.

“I might end up being a soccer player,” he said.”I was in the state team.

“But I like the jumps and pirouettes. It feels really good when you land it. I started ballet because my mum said I was too much of a jock and wasn’t doing anything else.”

Dylan and nine other boys yesterday were put through their paces at the Festival Centre in a boys-only masterclass conducted by Australian ballet legend Colin Peasley.

From a tiny nine-year-old in the front row, all spiky hair and shy looks, to the tall 16-year-old in the back, who nodded earnestly to every piece of instruction, each boy was hoping to gain at least a piece of Peasley’s wisdom, gained through a 50-year career with the Australian Ballet.

“It’s a joy. The future of dance always is. I get to see this rebirth all the time,” said Peasley, 78, a founding member of the Australian Ballet.

“It has to start young so you can mould and shape them.

“But they can have all the right things that would make them great but most important is the passion.”

The once-a-year Boys’ Day coincided with the Australian Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet, which premiered on Friday night, starring Madeleine Eastoe as Juliet and Kevin Jackson as Romeo.

Copyright 2012 News Limited

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