NUTCRACKER HOPES: Rockhampton’s Emily Way has been chosen as a top 10 finalist out of 500 entries in this year’s Queensland-wide Suncorp Wish Upon a Ballet Star competition.
NUTCRACKER HOPES: Rockhampton’s Emily Way has been chosen as a top 10 finalist out of 500 entries in this year’s Queensland-wide Suncorp Wish Upon a Ballet Star competition. Sharyn Oneill Roksballet

Emily out to make her pointe in ballet contest

ASPIRING ballerina Emily Way has already made a name for herself on the dancing scene in Queensland.

Emily has beaten other young dancers for a top 10 spot in Suncorp's Wish upon a Ballet Star competition.

To enter the Queensland-wide competition she had to send a creative picture and share 100 words about why she wanted to perform in the production of The Nutcracker.

"I would love to dance with the Queensland ballet," Emily said.

"I'd love to see backstage and how they get everything ready but I'm really excited to see all of the pointe shoes."

Emily started dancing at age three and developed her love for ballet at a local dance school.

She said she danced at Beverly Prange Dance Centre and was excited to perform with them in Rockhampton next year.

"I get to perform my very first ballet solo next year at the Rockhampton eisteddfod," she said.

"I'm a little nervous but excited at the same time."

Emily is in the running to win either the opportunity to dance with the Queensland Ballet Company on stage or watch the performance and go backstage.

The young dancer was happy either way, as long as she was able to see some pointe shoes.

As a finalist Emily received a Nutcracker-themed gift pack which contained a pair of signed pointe shoes, a nutcracker figurine, a book, as well as a tutu and t-shirt.

Emily said she hoped to dance with a ballet company when she was older and wanted to teach dancing.

"I really want to dance professionally," she said.

"I'm working really hard, I'm even going to Melbourne next year for a summer workshop with the Australian Ballet."

Top step:

To vote for Emily go to suncorpballetstar.com.au/



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