Oh, Canada!

Rory Neville has been awarded a graduate position at Alberta Ballet School. IMAGE: DancePro Photography

A Townsville dancer will take the next step in his professional career next year, after being accepted into the graduate program at Canada’s prestigious Alberta Ballet School.

Rory Neville, who has spent the past six months training at the Perth School of Ballet, will begin the graduate program at the Alberta Ballet School in February next year. Rory said he was extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity.

“It was always a dream of mine to pursue dance – growing up in such an art-oriented family, I was always strongly encouraged to pursue my dreams. To be honest I never doubted I would do something arts-related after high school, because it was always made clear that those paths were options for me,” said Rory.

“Being accepted into Alberta’s graduate program has really shown me that it’s possible to achieve your dreams if you focus, work hard, and stay determined. Studying dance does mean you have to sacrifice many things other people your age experience, plus often means having to move away from family and friends. You have to be strong-willed and prepared to do what it takes to succeed.“

Despite studying at Melbourne’s National Theatre Ballet School and Perth School of Ballet for the past two years, Rory discovered his passion for ballet while still living in Townsville.

“I started dancing when I was 10 at Ann Roberts School of Dance and while I began in jazz and modern, I soon realised my passion was for ballet. I also joined the Ulysses Dancers, who I travelled to the Aberdeen Youth Arts Festival with in 2015. After graduating high school in 2016, I was accepted into a full time dance course in Melbourne to complete my Certificate IV in Elite Performance.

“Dance is a tedious, sometimes cruel and extremely taxing sport. But nothing beats the beauty and fulfilment of it. I always say us humans are so lucky to have been blessed with something as divine as ballet.”

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