From Laurieton to the bright lights of Paris, dancer Molly McLaren’s dream to perform on the international stage has come true.
The Moulin Rouge, Paris’ iconic dance entertainment venue, has offered a contract to the statuesque and talented Laurieton student of Allstars Studio.
At just 17 years of age, Molly will become part of the Moulin Rouge’s vibrant scene next year.
“'All the years of training have all amounted to this,” she said.
“It's a dream realised and it’s only just the beginning for me. It's truly an honour and I can't wait to get there.”
For 126 years the Moulin Rouge has been the entertainment heart of Paris. Dancers from all over the world work hard in the hope of gaining a place in the line up. Molly drew the eye of casting agent Janet Pharaoh within minutes of beginning the eight-hour audition process.
Allstars Studio director Kate Maggs said Molly was the only dancer interviewed on camera by a documentary film crew on audition day.
“It was an awesome experience for Molly at her first audition,” Kate said.
“I’m elated for Molly. This opportunity couldn’t go to a more deserving person. Molly has worked hard, strived and put in the hours and is now reaping the rewards. The Moulin Rouge is one of the most prestigious dance contracts in the world and very few select dancers ever make it.
“Molly will be sorely missed at the studio but we, as an Allstars community, are so proud of her and all she has achieved.
“We want out dancers to go out into the world and become everything they are capable of. Allstars has a massive pool of talent and Molly is just the first of many I suspect will now achieve this same dream.”
Molly has danced with Allstars since the age of four under Kate’s watchful eye. She has been supported enormously by her mother Jacque and family who have never missed a performance.
“To say I am proud of Molly is an enormous understatement,” Jacque said.
“Her love and passion for dance has been unwavering from when she was a very little girl and walking beside her on this journey has been an absolute privilege.
“Kate has been a light for Molly, guiding her and nurturing her to achieve such an amazing result. I am so happy for both of them.”
Molly is also an extremely talented choreographer, another thing that makes Kate enormously proud.
“At Allstars we are very proud of our training program that encourages teachers and choreographers of the future,” Kate said.
“Molly leaves behind her a legacy of all that can be achieved at a young age with the right attitude, drive and determination.
“Molly is extremely passionate and has passed that same passion on to so many dancers she has danced along side. What she has achieved is truly an inspiration.
“It's going to be a busy week at the studio as Molly prepares for her last Showcase performance and we also send off another dancer, Georgie Walsh to a Princess Cruise Line contract in Los Angeles.”
Molly said she was grateful for the training and guidance she received at Allstars.
“I am very grateful to Kate for all of her guidance and support over the years,” Molly said.
“She has inspired me to be the best person and dancer I can be. Allstars will always be in my heart and I'm so grateful to have had all my training with Kate. I have also loved having the opportunity to explore my love for choreography also. I love my Allstars family.”
The 2016 Allstars Studio Showcase is on Sunday November 13 at 2pm at the Glasshouse in Port Macqaurie and tickets are on sale now.
The showcase is a mass collaboration of all the routines from the 2016 dance season and every student who attends classes is involved. It is a show not to be missed. Come along and see why Allstars Studio is the dancer’s edge.