Future is bright for local dancer
JUST 18 months ago, Keelin McLaren was fighting for her life in a Townsville hospital after she was thrown from a vehicle.
With the support of the community, Keelin was soon back on her feet and eventually back into her ballet shoes.
At 14 years of age, her talent has been recognised and she has been invited to join the prestigious Annett Roselli School in Brisbane.
"When I found out I was speechless," Keelin said.
Only 10 students are admitted to program each year.
Keelin has put in the hard yards to prepare.
"I have been practising nearly every day," she said.
Her mother Mary is understandably proud.
"It's Keelin's dream to be accepted to an elite dance school," she said.
"It's incredible because 18 months ago she nearly died.
"We never thought she would dance again."
The McLaren family is moving to Brisbane to support Keelin.
Dance instructor, Collette Hooper, has been working with the young dancer.
"There is no work involved in teaching someone of Keelin's ability," she said.
Collette believes Keelin has a very bright future.
"It's easy to dream big for Keelin," she said. "I would love to see her with the Royal Ballet for their classical style, then the New York City Ballet for their extensions and finally, the Queensland Ballet under the innovative Li Cunix."