Dancer Ashleigh fixes her sights on New York

Aspiring Noosa ballerina Ashleigh Brandon is determined to dance her way to the top.

As a part of the Noosa Professional Dance Academy, Ashleigh performed three group dances in the Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod last weekend, coming away a win, a runner-up and a third place to her name.

Ashleigh and her group dedicated their first place win to the late Moy Sweetman.

Between studying fulltime at the NPDA, competing in eisteddfods and working part time at the local Woolworths, the Year 11 Sunshine Beach State High School student continues to work towards achieving her dreams.

One of the ways to the top is to compete in the Prix de Lausanne an international dance competition for young dancers who wish to get scouted for a scholarship.

To be chosen for the competition, Ashleigh must first audition in front of some of the world’s most renowned dance personalities.

If selected, Ashleigh can then dance in the competition and will have the opportunity to be scouted by ballet companies, where she could be offered scholarships for some of the world’s most prestigious dance companies.

For Ashleigh, obtaining a scholarship with an international ballet company would present an amazing career opportunity.

“A ballet scholarship would give me the opportunity to pursue my dreams,” she said.

“I’ve been working extremely hard for my ballet career and all the hard work would have paid off,” she said.

Ashleigh said she would be happy with any scholarship offer, but has her sights set on America’s east coast.

“I would love to be a part of any company, but my dream company is the New York City Ballet,” she said.

“It would be a dream come true,” she said.

Ashleigh will audition for the Prix de Lausanne at the end of the year.

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