Dance Aotearoa New Zealand
September 16, 2014
[New Zealand] – As a toddler with Aspergers Syndrome, Salem Foxx would communicate by hitting and screaming. Now 14 years old, Salem takes the stage as a disciplined ballet dancer, expressing himself through his talent and passion for movement.
The Kapiti Coast dancer is a finalist in the Artistic Achievement category in the 2014 Attitude Awards. The national awards celebrate the excellence and achievements of disabled kiwis.
Salem’s talent has seen him earn distinctions in dance exams, win top placings in dance competitions and be selected by the Royal New Zealand Ballet to perform in four of its productions. Not limited to just one style of dance, he combines his love for ballet with contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap and even acrobatic dance.
This year marked a pinnacle in Salem’s achievements. After auditioning alongside hundreds of other hopefuls, he was selected by the New Zealand School of Dance as a Junior Associate in contemporary dance. He was one of only three contemporary juniors and the only male.
A role model to other young dancers, Salem’s blog balletboyznz is read by passionate dancers worldwide and is being included as resource material at the prestigious London Boys Ballet School.
Salem’s dream is to forge an international dance career for himself. He says; “Even though I have Aspergers Syndrome, I won’t let that get in my way of my goal.”
Salem being an Attitude Awards finalist is testament to his determination. He will find out if he has won the award at a black-tie gala on World Disability Day, 3 December at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre.
Copyright 2014 DANZ
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