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Coasting : Issue 14 August 2010
11 www.coastingtoday.com.au HOME • GIFTS • FASHION Cnr Bay Road & Pacific Street, Toowoon Bay Ph: 4333 6900 Open Tuesday - Saturday 10-4 • Homewares and Furniture • Beach Decor, Coral & Shells • Candles, Books & Gifts • Fashion & Jewellery • Louenhide Handbags • French Market Baskets c8769091-5Aug Central Coast Hwy West Gosford Tel 4323 2311 www.grsl.com.au AKMAL the comedian Thursday August 12th Doors Open 7.30pm Tickets on sale now! $35 c8750862-5Aug Lucky break It's not often that someone can break their arm and think of it as good fortune. But that's what happened to a young Kelly Turner. As a child, Kelly's interest in sports such as tennis and, especially soccer, ensured that she and her three sisters were always on the go. "But then I broke my arm playing soccer and it happened right before I was supposed to do a ballet exam," Kelly recalled. "My teacher [at Marni's School of Performing Arts, at Berkeley Vale] said 'That's it! No more!' You can't be playing sport and breaking your arm before a ballet exam'." It was decision time. "I asked myself, what do I want? Do I want all of this other stuff? "Or do I want to do ballet?" She's happy with her decision. Class act Kelly left Berkeley Vale Community High School in year 9 to study at the National College of Dance, in Newcastle. She's now in her fourth year at the college, having completed a Certificate 3 and Certificate 4 in Dance Performance, and having started her Diploma in Dance Performance. Classes generally run from 8.30am to 3.30 or 4.30pm weekdays, where students work on such subject areas as anatomy, drama, music, contemporary ballet, nutrition, jazz, and pas de deux in a course that's accredited with the NSW Department of Education and Training. For years, Kelly would make the daily commute to the college, but she has recently taken to staying in Newcastle midweek, then returning to her family home at weekends. "It's very hard, and there are a few dancers who have left the college because it is so hard," she said. That level of difficulty will be taken to a new high at the English National Ballet School. Kelly says she's ready. Ultimate goal Earning admission to the English National Ballet School enables Kelly to be seen by literally dozens of ballet companies in Europe, the home of ballet. The school's aim is to get jobs for each of its students in their graduation year. "Maybe four or five of the students in the graduation year will go on to get jobs with the English National Ballet Company," she said. "My ultimate goal is to get into a ballet company and work my way up to a principal dancer and travel the world showing everyone my love for ballet." COASTING DANCE SPRINGBOARD: Joining the English National Ballet School will put Kelly Turner on the doorstep of Europe's many ballet companies. Picture by Hilary Cam - email firstname.lastname@example.org . www.kellyjaneturner.com
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