Gabe’s career takes off

GABE Jahnke grew up watching his brothers and sisters dance on the stage of the Pilbeam Theatre.

But today all eyes will be on him as he returns to his home town of Rockhampton to perform on the very stage his siblings danced on as he stars in Capricorn School of Dancing's production of The Nutcracker.

Gabe, who now lives in Sydney, is a full-time classical ballet dancer at Tanya Pearson's Classical Coaching Academy but has returned to Rockhampton for the weekend to dance the role of The Nutcracker.

Gabe, 16, said it was a good feeling to come back and dance on the stage his older sister started her career on.

"I started dancing when I was four years old and all of my siblings danced before me," he said.

"They all danced at Capricorn for a number of years but my family moved to Sydney when I was two. "I've always loved dancing and I was pretty inspired by my sister (Gretel Scarlett) to follow a career in dancing as she starred as Sandy in last year's production of Grease and has made a career out of dancing.

"I always loved ballet and decided that it was my strength so I focused on it and when I was 11 I decided that dancing was a career for me and that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life."

Gabe said it was a great honour to be asked to perform in the local dance school's production.

"My family is still very

close with my sister's old dance teacher and principal of Capricorn so I was very excited to be asked to be in the show," he said.

"It's a good way to show other aspiring dancers that if you work hard and want to make dancing your career then you can do that.

"After the performance on Saturday I'll fly to Melbourne to perform at the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 1 Bursary.

"I was the only male dancer from all of the states to be chosen which was a big surprise and honour."

The Capricorn School of Dancing presents Aaron Smyth's The Nutcracker and Dance Revolution at the Pilbeam Theatre tonight at 6.30pm. Come along and enjoy the magic of Christmas with this beautiful production of the world-renowned ballet.

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