She put on her first tutu at age two and grew up in a dance studio. Now, Port Macquarie’s Shea Lamont is getting ready to move to Melbourne to attend Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in 2019.
Shea said dancing was always something she was meant to do and can’t wait to head to Melbourne and make a name for herself.
“I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been dancing,” Shea said.
“I do jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, modern and musical theatre and although I love all of them I am probably best and jazz and my favourite is probably contemporary or modern.
“I feel so alive and free when I am dancing and because it takes up such a large part of my life when I am not dancing I really don’t know what to do with myself.”
Having just finished year 12, Shea said she applied to the Ministry of Dance back in July and since she found out she was accepted it was been all systems go to prepare.
“Definitely it is one of the top five dance schools in the country and it is just amazing that I will be going to learn from some of the best from next year,” she said.
“To be able to work with people who are incredible and be in the studio every day will just be a dream come true and I am so excited about all the opportunities this experience will bring for me.”
Shea will leave Port Macquarie at the end of January and start studying her two year course in February.
She said it was hard for dancers in regional cities to have access to the same opportunities as those who live in the city do.
“I moved to Port Macquarie when I was little and have been dancing consistently since I was eight but it has been tough to get to where I am today just because we have to constantly travel to get the same chances as city students,” she said.
“My dance teachers here have been wonderful and we have always tried to enter as many competitions as possible but that does mean a lot of hours travelling so to be moving to Melbourne where everything is already there will be so great.
“I am so thankful to everyone who has helped me get to this point and I am so excited about what is to come.”
Shea’s dance teacher Amy Henson said she was so proud of Shea going to Melbourne.
“Shea is so determined and to see her going for her dream is wonderful,” Ms Henson said.
“Shea has been with me since I started my dance studio and so she has seen the studio grow from the very beginning and I have seen her grow as a dancer.
“I am so proud of everything she has done and will get to do in Melbourne and we can’t wait to see what happens.”
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