Dancer having a ball

BALLROOM BABE: Emerald’s Shelby Wheeler and partner. cont
BALLROOM BABE: Emerald’s Shelby Wheeler and partner. cont

EMERALD’S Shelby Wheeler has achieved her gold star medal in ballroom dancing, marking another achievement in the young woman’s performing career.

Receiving all high distinctions from the adjudicators encouraged Shelby to further pursue her dreams and search for the ever-elusive male dance partner.

“I am trying to concentrate on building up my technique, skills and experience and looking for a boy partner. Hopefully he is out there somewhere,” Shelby said.

When she began dancing in 2005, Shelby had no idea it would become her great passion.

“A friend of ours was starting ballroom dancing back up again in Emerald and I tagged along,” she said.

The 17-year-old is now travelling to Rockhampton every weekend to train and compete with the assistance of her teachers, Justin and Amanda Manderson.

Shelby explained her love of the sport saying, “my favourite part of the dancing is the music and the costumes, which I get from Poland”.

She hopes to continue competing and has high aspirations for the future.

“I would love to end up dancing full-time professionally and one day become a teacher,” she said.

As for whether she has aspirations for a television career on Dancing With The Stars, Shelby laughed, “I hope so, I would love that!”

Shelby’s hitting the dance floor in a whirl of practice for the upcoming Queensland Open in April at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast.

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