By Milena Stojceska
The Gold Coast Bulleten
March 1st, 2013
[Gold Coast, Queensland, Autralia] – Three boys from a Gold Coast ballet school are being supervised by Li Cunxin — better known as Mao’s Last Dancer. Grady Ferricks-Rosevear, 13, Josh Price, 12, and Navrin Turnbull, 13, from Danielle Studio of Dance were selected for Queensland’s Ballet Junior program, run by Cunxin’s studio in Brisbane.
Almost 200 students auditioned and 40 selected from the state, mainly from Brisbane. Six Gold Coast dancers were accepted.
Studio principal Danielle Williams said Cunxin taking over the Brisbane academy last year has been the biggest thing for Queensland ballet in history, mainly because of his reputation, international contact and financial backing.
Ms Williams said the program would look very impressive on the boys’ resumes and help them decide whether to stay in Australia or apply for positions overseas. “There are too many dancers and too few companies in Australia, much more in Europe,” she said.
“This will be good because they get to dance and learn about the Australian opportunities and make an informed decision about what they want to do next.
“I know what’s happening in Europe so I keep them in loop
“It’s so good for them to see the boys doing this, it’s inspirational.”
All Saints School student Grady said juggling school and ballet was tricky but worth it. “I dance for three hours after school most days so I just have to study during breaks and on my days off,” he said.
“It feels surreal knowing we’ll be under his (Cunxin’s) supervision. It’s inspirational to have him there and to see what men can achieve in ballet.”
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