Local dancer Indya Gardner stretches for the last time in Rockhampton before joining the Queensland Dance School of Excellence.
Local dancer Indya Gardner stretches for the last time in Rockhampton before joining the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. MEGAN LEWIS

Gracefully gliding to stardom

BRAINS, beauty and dancing talent – Indya Gardner has a bright future ahead.

This Saturday she moves to Brisbane to start full time dance study with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

But when she can no longer dance, she wants to become a doctor.

Anything is possible for this bright 14-year-old, who not only excelled in classical ballet training but has always received straight A’s at school.

Indya has trained in all aspects of dance at Amelia’s Studio of Dance for the last eight years and yesterday she twirled and stretched in her dance room for the last time.

During high school at Emmaus College Indya also received the principal’s award for receiving top marks and during her primary school days at Rockhampton Girls Grammar she was dux of the class.

So how does one excel in so much?

Her dance teachers Erin and Amelia Gottschleigh said it was her organisation skills.

“She is more organised than most adults and highly intelligent,” Erin joked yesterday.

“But she’s always been highly intelligent. We will be sad to loose her from our school but I’m happy to see her go on to achieve higher things.”

Indya’s entire family is relocating to Brisbane so she can continue her dancing studies.

She first auditioned for the school, which still incorporates usual school work, in November but kept it a secret, doubting her natural talent.

She has been accepted for year 10 and will have to reaudition for years 11 and 12.

“I hope to take my dancing to a professional level in a ballet company,” Indya said yesterday.

“I just want dancing to be a part of my life.

“I will dance while I’m young then hopefully go back to study at university to be a doctor.”

Erin and Amelia hopes Indya will come back and visit and join the dance school in its 10 year celebration this year.

She will always be a Rockhampton girl at heart.



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