Rockhampton ballet dancer Leah Chapman from Vicki Davis Dance Academy and Performing Arts. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Rockhampton ballet dancer Leah Chapman from Vicki Davis Dance Academy and Performing Arts. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

Ballet dancer has a chance to dance with Queensland ballet

ROCKHAMPTON'S Leah Chapman is an aspiring ballerina who has dreams of dancing on stages all around the world. 

This dream could come true for the local dancer with Suncorp's Wish Upon a Ballet Star competition launched by Suncorp and their new partner, Queensland Ballet. 

The competition will give one lucky Queensland ballerina between the age of three and 12 the chance to win the ultimate year of ballet, including a walk on role in Queensland Ballet's The Nutcracker. 

The eight-year-old student from Vicki Davis Dance Academy and Performing Arts has been dancing for five years and won first place in her classical ballet solo in a recent festival in Rockhampton. 

Leah is one of the many young ballerina's living in regional Queensland who would love this once in a lifetime opportunity.

"I love ballet, it's my favourite," she said. 

"It's elegant and soft but it can be hard work getting the technique right.

"I'd love to dance for a big ballet company one day and do lots of ballet solos."

Suncorp and Queensland Ballet are offering this competition in the aim to make the 'art of ballet' more accessible to Queensland families. 

Suncorp Bank CEO John Nesbit said the newly established partnership is the perfect opportunity to reinforce the company's commitment to the arts.

 "We know how important dance is to so many children and families across the state and we are excited to work with Queensland Ballet to capture the imagination of young Queenslanders," he said. 

Entries to Suncorp's Wish Upon a Ballet Star competition will close on November 22. 

Parents and guardians can nominate children aged between three and 12 online via Facebook.com/Qldballet, by uploading a creative photograph and 25 word entry. 

The winner will be announced in December.   



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