GET RHYTHM: Fourteen-year-old Taliah Edwards is dancing her way to the top.
GET RHYTHM: Fourteen-year-old Taliah Edwards is dancing her way to the top. Allan Reinikka Rokadancer

Rocky dancer's dreams started at the tender age of five

MOST people wouldn't remember their fifth birthday present.

But it's something Taliah Edwards will never forget because it was a gift that changed her life.

The classes her mum bought her as a gift that year sparked a passion for dance, something she's hoping to make her career in the future.

"I really hope I can travel the world doing dancing," she said.

"If I can travel the whole world doing something I love, it would be really good."

The 14-year-old is already well on her way to the top, competing across Australia and taking part in workshops run by domestic and international tutors.

Although she competes in many styles of dance, contemporary and jazz are Taliah's favourites.

"They're much more fun to do," she said.

"You can feel the music more which is more fun."

But grace and technique on stage doesn't happen overnight, with many hours of practice behind each polished performance.

"There's a lot of preparation and technique people don't understand behind all the steps to make it fluid," she said.

"It is very difficult.

"Timing and different steps can come naturally, but when there are steps you can't do you have to practice a lot to get it right."

Taliah spends her afternoons dancing from 3.30pm to 8.30pm at Narelle Aspinall's Capricorn School of Dancing.

Classes can stretch as late as 11pm close to competition time.

School has to fit around this schedule, with Taliah taking time off for competitions and fitting homework in at lunchtimes or after dance class.

"I do get tired, but I don't get sick of dancing," Taliah said.

Mum Janelle said Taliah's dreams of carving out a dance career was also not easy for the family financially.

She said the costs of travelling to workshops and competitions in capital cities was high, as were the costumes needed for Taliah's numerous group and solo performances.



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