A commitment to their craft has rewarded two young dancers from Melissa’s Dance Studio this year.
Tiffany Tracey, 17, received a scholarship to Los Angeles to study hip hop, lyrical and musical theatre dance styles.
“Tiffany has been working hard in her private lessons,” dance teacher Emily Trigg said.
“She has done a lot more work in Melbourne at competitions recently, so taking the next step has allowed (Tiffany) to see what is out there.”
An all-round dancer, Ms Tracey had to demonstrate her proficiency in a range of styles to be considered for the scholarship.
Ashlyn Walker, 17, won the prestigious Contemporary Solo section at the Royal South Street competition in Ballarat.
After training in classical ballet, Ms Walker has been pushing her boundaries by working with a range of industry professionals in Melbourne.
“Both of these girls are stepping up to the role of teachers at the studio next year,” studio owner Melissa Dance said.
Melissa’s Dance Elements has had a successful year with 25 students receiving gradings above 97% in their dance exams, across a range of different styles.
Melissa’s Dance Elements will showcase the talents of their dancers with the end of year performance this weekend.
Titled “Toy Shop” performances will be held on Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the Lighthouse Theatre. The show will see the dancers using a range of toys in in traditional and contemporary dance styles.
Dance teacher Emily Trigg said that the eye catching performance would include lots of different themed dances and costumes.
“This has allowed us to go wild exploring our choreography,” she said.