Chelsea May

Dancing Dream

Condobolin's Chelsea May has only one dream - to be a professional dancer.

• Chelsea May has been accepted into the prestigious Australian Ballet School’s Interstate/International Training Program (ITP) for 2016. She will travel to Melbourne to participate in intensive classes in classical ballet. Cont

By Melissa Blewitt

Condobolin’s Chelsea May has only one dream – to be a professional dancer.

And her dream is one step closer to reality after she was accepted into the Australian Ballet School’s Interstate/International Training Program (Level 2).

She is the daughter of Steve and Tracie May.

Chelsea is a student of the Stepping Out Dance Factory at Forbes, and is “very excited” at the prospect of beginning her ballet career.

Her teacher Emma Trudgett is full of praise and admiration for her young student.

“To see her dance is to hear her speak,” she said.

“She is so dedicated and committed to being a professional dancer. She has the drive to succeed, and more importantly she loves to dance.”

The Program is not only open to Australian dance students but those from New Zealand as well.

Chelsea’s love of dance began around four years ago, and she has dedicated herself to training and improving over that time.

The decision to apply for the Program came after her excellent performances at the Dubbo Eisteddfod earlier this year.

“I was sitting in the audience during her Eisteddfod performances and I looked at another one of her teacher’s and said she has to apply,” Miss Trudgett said.

“Chelsea was not sure at first because ballet does not come naturally to her. But she is determined and took on board everything we told her, and then put it into practice. I could not be more proud of her. She truly deserves this. She is passionate and talented.”

Chelsea is the first dancer from Stepping Out Dance Factory – Forbes to secure a place in the prestigious Program.

Chelsea trains every day in her home dance studio, and her mother Tracie takes her to intensive dance classes at Forbes every Saturday.

“She trains so hard and is extremely excited to be part of the Program,” Tracie said.

“She did extra classes in the school holidays and is always practicing in her studio.

“We are so proud of her, she puts in so much work and deserves this wonderful opportunity.”

Chelsea travelled to Melbourne in July for an audition, which was two hours of intense scrutiny on technique, flexibility, nutrition, and physicality (testing to see if her feet and legs were capable of withstanding the stress of dancing).

Chelsea was part of 35 students who auditioned for the Program in her age group (8-14 years).

Clean sweep for local talent

 

Young Condobolin dancer, Chelsea May, has made a clean sweep of awards at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod.

• Chelsea May has claimed first prize in seven categories of dance at the recent City of Dubbo Eisteddfod, as well as winning the Adjudicator’s Choice Award for Most Promising Under 12 Lyrical Dancer. The talented 12-year-old dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Contributed

By Lara Pearce

Young Condobolin dancer, Chelsea May, has made a clean sweep of awards at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod.

The talented 12-year-old competed in modern, jazz and contemporary dance, coming away with seven first places and an Adjudicator’s Choice award.

The only solo competition she entered and did not win was the Entertainment/Variety performance, where she placed third against entrants as much as eight years her senior.

“It is the first year she has competed in the Improvisation and Championships categories, so she was so excited to win,” she proud mum, Tracie.

Incredibly, Chelsea has been dancing for just four years. Already she dreams of becoming a professional dancer.

From 10 to 14 June, she competed in the improvisation and Championships for both jazz and modern, as well as doing solo performances in contemporary, jazz and modern – winning them all.

She also competed in two group performances, alongside younger sister Josie and another Condobolin girl, Baileigh Honeysett. The group received a Highly Commended for their modern routine.

Each performance has to have a unique routine – and an individualised costume.

Young Condobolin dancer, Chelsea May, has made a clean sweep of awards at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod.

• Josie May won her solo modern dance performance at the Dubbo Eisteddfod. Contributed

“We spent five days in Dubbo with 15 outfits,” Tracie said.

However, this is only the start of the sacrifices parents Tracie and Steven have made to support their daughter’s ambitions.

“In the past six months, we have converted a room in our house into a dance studio,” Tracie said.

“It used to be a bar room with floating floors.

“The pool table got sold, we put mirrors on the walls and her grandfather made a giant ladder which is on the wall for her to use to stretch.

“I think that has really helped her to do so well this year.”

Chelsea spends up to four hours a day practicing in her in-home dance studio, in addition to doing a whole day of dance classes in Forbes every Saturday.

While Chelsea’s younger sister, Josie, does not share her sister’s dreams of dancing professionally, she also competed at the Dubbo Eisteddfod and won her solo performance.

“She entered into the Restricted Modern Solo section for 9 and 10 year olds,” Tracie explained.

“She was really excited – that is the first time she has placed first.”

Young Condobolin dancer, Chelsea May, has made a clean sweep of awards at the City of Dubbo Eisteddfod.

• Condobolin girls Chelsea and Josie May and Baileigh Honeysett with their fellow dancers. The group received a Highly Commended for their modern routine. Contributed

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