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Coasting : Issue 3 2009
y CREATIVE ENER A y CREATIVE ENERGY: While dance remains his fi rst love, Horner has continued to hone his skills in a range of artistic disciplines, including fi lm making. Picture: DAMIANTIERNEY.com from Tierneys Photography. School of hard knocks It’s no secret that Joshua’s time at Wyong High School was no waltz in the park. His passion for dance was neither shared nor understood by many of the students. Wyong was, after all, known for producing boys who would become rugby league players (such as Steve Carter), boxers (Troy Waters) and racing car drivers (Mark Skaife). “Those people who gave me s--- at school made my life hellish,” he said. “But it did a good thing for me. It made me focus and drive myself to succeed so that one day I could show them that I actually made it and achieved my dream.” Time, it seems, has helped to heal old wounds. And former animosities have faded. “I’ve actually had some people from school contact me on Facebook and there have been a few times when I’ve been having a beer at the Beachcomber Hotel at Toukley, or at Wyong Leagues, and people have come up to me and said: ‘I’m so proud of you, Josh’. And these are people who gave me hell [at school]. They don’t apologise because I don’t think they realise the effect they had on me at the time. But it’s OK. I can forget about it now.” As if to prove the point, Joshua teaches dance at the new Lee Academy at Tuggerah. “It’s a phenomenal facility for the kids of the Central Coast,” he said. And from what he’s seen, a lot of the prejudices of the past seem to have dissipated. “There are so many boys dancing at Wyong now. Sometimes there are 20 or 30 boys in a class… at Wyong! And a lot of those boys go to Wyong High. I mean, what’s that about?” Joshua Horner’s greatest hits ■ Billy Elliot The Musical, on Broadway (played Older Billy, cover, ensemble) ■ Billy Elliot The Musical, in Sydney (Older Billy) ■ Billy Elliot The Musical, in Melbourne (Older Billy) ■ Movin’ Out, on the West End, London (Tony, the lead) ■ Tivoli, Australia (Jack, the lead) ■ Guys and Dolls, UK tour (Havana Boy, featured crapshooter) ■ Dirty Dancing, Australia (featured ensemble, cover for Johnny Castle) Josh’s favourite Central Coast haunts ■ Lee Academy in Teamster Close, Tuggerah. ‘’I teach the kids there and love supporting dance on the Central Coast.’’ Go to www.leeacademy.com.au ■ Westfi eld, Tuggerah. “I catch up with old school mates there. We usually grab some Red Rooster, and then check out the shops.” ■ Shelly Beach. ■ Oceans Restaurant at The Entrance. “I love the view and my family always enjoy special occasions there.’’ ■ Wyong Golf Club. Be in your spa for Spring/Summer Lay By now large display Ezy Finance Available TAP Open 7 Days Won’t be beaten on Price, Service or Range Indoor Outdoor Spas 905 Central Coast Highway, Wamberal NSW 2250. Ph: 4384 4344. Australian Built Spas Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.indooroutdoorspas.com.au c8590005-6Aug SPECIAL OFFER: Present this ad when purchasing and receive 12 months worth of FREE chemicals Offer ends 31/8/09 Conditions apply
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