By Nick Soon
July 16, 2012
[Sydney, Australia] – This is a big year for 13-year-old student dancer Harrison Lee of Castle Hill. A panel of adjudicators called him a “rare talent destined for the world stage” when they presented him with the prestigious Isobel Anderson Award at a recent Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) competition in Sydney.
The  competition attracted hundreds of dancers aged from 12 to 16 from all over NSW, who were culled to 10 finalists who performed to a sold-out audience at The Science Theatre.
In addition to the award, Harrison was judged overall competition winner across all age groups. He received the award from Isobel Anderson herself, a patron of the RAD.
Harrison is also one of the most promising young dancers in the 2012 McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod. A spokeswoman said he won the Wenkart Ballet Championship award for his age group and came second in the modern/lyrical section.
“The Sydney Eisteddfod is one of the biggest competitions available to young dancers from all over Australia,” she said. “Harrison was also awarded a second place in the modern/lyrical section and one of six finalists in the classical ballet section.”
He will travel to China later this month to represent his school and country at the Tianjin International Youth Arts Festival. Harrison was also selected to perform in The Premier State Ballet youth company’s production of The Sleeping Beauty later this year at Parramatta Riverside Theatres.
His mum Cindy Lee said Harrison had grown and matured as a dancer since he joined the performing arts McDonald College.
She said it was clear he required a greater level of tuition where he could focus more on dancing while still maintaining school grades. “Since starting he has grown and matured so much as a dancer,” she said. “He is now dancing about 20 hours a week and loving every minute of it.”
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Young dancer leaps to success