Georgie Bailey
Georgie Bailey Carly Webber

Dancers leap at the chance to go to Sydney

DENISE Hadley was 15 when she started a dance school.

The Calen girl took on the venture in Proserpine, and now more than 30 years later she's watching some of her students make it on to the big stage.

Mrs Hadley said it was amazing such big talent could come from a small school in a small town.

Two of the latest former Dee Jays School of Dance students to make a success in their dancing pursuits are Laura Vlasic and Georgie Bailey.

The duo have accepted places in the Sydney Dance Company's Pre Professional Year for 2017.

Eighteen-year-old Georgie said she had thought she had missed out on a place.

"I received an email saying I wasn't successful," she said.

"But then the director called and asked why I hadn't accepted a place."

There had been an administration error and Georgie should have received a placement.

"Suddenly all my plans changed," she said.

"It was pretty crazy, super exciting - I was shocked."

Georgie will now relocate to Sydney by January to start her training.

It's not the first time she has travelled for her dance career, having moved to Brisbane at 15 and only this year travelling to the Netherlands to dance with the Dutch National Ballet.

Having focussed on classical ballet in the past, Georgie said she was excited about concentrating on a contemporary ballet style taught in Sydney.

Laura said she was also excited about the prospect of dancing with the Sydney company.

Laura, 19, has been based in Melbourne and will also relocate to Sydney.

She is currently rehearsing to perform in The Nutcracker for the Christmas period.

"We dance six days a week," she said.


Laura Vlasic
Ballerina Laura Vlasic will move to Sydney to take up a position with the Sydney Dance Company. contributed

Laura and Georgie each had to apply for the positions at the company by creating a video showing their skills.

"I choreographed my audition and tried to show a lot of floor work, jumping, travelling and technique," Laura said.

She had a chance to see what the company was about after attending a workshop earlier in the year.

"There was a focus on each dancer and they have a great creative process," Laura said.

Mrs Hadley said she was proud of both the girls as she was of all her dancers.

The young dancers' achievements are also inspiring to up-and-coming dancers, she said.

"They are an inspiration; they show if you really want to you can," Mrs Hadley she said.