Local ballet talent joins dancing elite
THERE’S a twinkle in his toes and a spring in his step.
Emerald lad Hamish Johnson is off to the Queensland National Ballet after successfully auditioning for a place in the prestigious school.
“I’m excited about going to the QNB,” Hamish said.
“They have great teachers who have danced all over the world. They made me feel welcome and were very helpful.”
While Hamish was auditioning for the school, he was given the opportunity of doing a week of classes where he got to meet and dance with current QNB students and Talia Fowler, 2009 winner of So You Think You Can Dance, who had a guest role in the school’s production of Hunchback of Notre Dame.
“I’m looking forward to being taught by a lot of great teachers especially Martyn Fleming and Janette Mulligan,” he said.
“It will be good to have other boys in my class. The Old Museum where I will be going each day is a really cool building, so I can’t wait to get there.”
Hamish will start at the school at the beginning of next year, attending six days per week and combining dance with his academic studies.
Even though Hamish has only been dancing for a couple of years, he has always had an interest in performing on stage mum Yvonne said.
“We are both so very proud of him, and when I told Hamish he was being offered a place, the response was very typical Hamish- a smile crept over his face, his eyes lit up and then in a quiet voice he simply said ‘great’,” she said.
“As parents we are incredibly proud of Hamish. He decided what he wanted to do and went for it.”