DARLING DANCER: Beverley Prange Dance Centre principal Madonna Murphy with student Emily Way who is thrilled to have won a special experience for her studio the “Queensland Ballet Adopt-A-Dancer” program.
DARLING DANCER: Beverley Prange Dance Centre principal Madonna Murphy with student Emily Way who is thrilled to have won a special experience for her studio the “Queensland Ballet Adopt-A-Dancer” program. Contributed

Queensland Ballet ‘adopts’ young dancer

EMILY Way learns three different kinds of dance, but it's ballet that her heart is set on.

The 10-year-old Beverley Prange Dance Centre student was thrilled to have won a special experience for the studio known as the Queensland Ballet Adopt-A-Dancer program.

Emily was one of 10 finalists of about 600 in the Queensland's The Suncorp Wish Upon A Ballet Star competition, where she wrote about 100 words explaining why she would be best to play a role in the Queensland Ballet's Nutcracker 2016 production.

Although missing out on first prize, mum Julie Way said the experience had given Emily a huge confidence boost.

"She loves ballet and works really hard at it," Julie told Pulse yesterday.

"She's going down to the Australian Ballet in Melbourne for their summer school program which starts on January 3 and goes for five days. But it's her first time doing anything like this, she's quite a good little dancer and she's expressed her want to do it, so we want to give her the opportunity to learn more about ballet."

The Adopt-A-Dancer program is an exciting opportunity for the Beverley Prange Dance Centre to participate in an exclusive workshop and receive ongoing mentorship with the Queensland Ballet.

Dancing since was about three with Beverley Prange, Emily said she loved dancing along to all the different kinds of music played throughout her classes, and couldn't believe she'd won the program.

"I'm really excited that they're coming here," Emily said.