POISED FOR SUCCESS: Lucy Hood has received a bursary to attend the Australian Ballet School Summer School in Melbourne.
POISED FOR SUCCESS: Lucy Hood has received a bursary to attend the Australian Ballet School Summer School in Melbourne. Amy Lyne

Gatton girl off to ballet school

A GATTON girl is heading off to one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the country.

Lucy Hood, 15, was awarded an Empire Theatre Youth Bursary, which allows her to attend the Australian Ballet School Summer School in Melbourne in January.

Lucy began dancing when she was five years old., and trains three days a week at the Toowoomba School of Dance in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop.

She said she was shocked when she found out she had been awarded a bursary, which happened to be on her birthday.

"I want to do dance as a career," she said.

"I had to apply and have an interview, which was my very first interview."

During her five days at the ballet school she will participate in the pre-professionals program which is for dancers aged 14-17.

"I will be dancing every day, working on technique and performance," she said.

"I am really excited and nervous."

Past winners of youth bursaries have attended highly prestigious institutions.

Empire Theatre Foundation chairperson Sheena Liley said the bursaries had been a stepping stone for many young people from the Darling Downs and the Lockyer Valley who have launched careers in the performing arts.


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