By REBECCA MUGRIDGE
Alfie Shacklock turns 16 in August and he has the world waiting at his pointed feet.
Hard work has paid off for the student of The Dance Centre Peregian Springs, seeing him receive one of the few places offered each year at the prestigious Royal Ballet Upper School in Convent Garden, England.
Alfie has a steely determination for success, a commitment to training and an impressive talent that makes him a highly sought after dancer according to his teacher, The Dance Centre Peregian Springs co-director Deborah Preece-Brocksom, who has taught him since he was four.
“He has worked so hard for this,” she said.
“He just does not stop.
“He is very humble about it, but the Australian ballet school wanted him, the Queensland Ballet, Huston, Hamburg, Switzerland, La Scala and the Dutch National.
“Almost every big school wanted him, but he held out for the Royal Ballet and had to wait to be a certain age to audition for them.”
Alfie said he was looking forward to attending the Royal Ballet Upper School.
“It feels like the best reward for years of hard work from myself and everyone involved, especially my teachers,” he said.
“I still cannot believe that I was accepted, even today.
“I have to keep pinching myself and telling myself that it is really happening.”
Alfie is planning to attend the Royal Ballet School when it reopens in September due to Coronavirus.
“I’m very excited to be moving to London, it has been my biggest dream for ages…but I will miss the Sunshine Coast very much as I have lived here my whole life and it is the most amazing place to live,” he said.
Alfie has won many awards and scholarships, and was the junior title winner at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards in 2017, one of the biggest ballet competitions in the world.
Ms Preece-Brocksom said it was his work ethic was evident early.
“When he was probably ten, we realised it,” she said.
“By the time he was eleven or twelve we absolutely knew, and I thought ‘oh my gosh this is going to end in something absolutely spectacular’.”
You can follow Alfie’s incredible dance journey through his Instagram here.
Read more about the career of Alfie’s dance teacher Deborah Preece-Brocksom via the link below