Ballina ballerina dances her way to Europe

Sixteen-year-old Kiralee Fraser from Ballina will be flying to Europe in January to audition for the worlds top ballet schools.

Ballinas Kiralee Fraser has a busy schedule. Not only is she completing her HSC and is a full-time student at the Fiona Munroe Ballet and Dance Studio on the Gold Coast, but she also performed in the Gold Coast Dancers Companys major production two weeks ago.

All of this commuting, studying and rehearsing is part of 16-year-old Kiralees grand plan to become a professional ballet dancer. Also part of the plan is a study tour of Europe in January 2007 where, accompanied by Miss Fiona, Kiralee and four other students will audition for the most prestigious ballet schools in the world, including the Royal Ballet School in London.

All of this is of course costing a packet, and Kiralees mother, Debbie Fraser, is hoping a sponsor might come forward to ease the financial burden of supporting her budding ballerina.

Its an expensive trip but it will be worth it, said Debbie. The aim of the tour is to receive an offer from one of the overseas ballet schools and Fiona believes that all of the students have the potential to be selected and are more than ready for the challenge, or she wouldnt be taking them.

Kiralee ultimately hopes to move to Europe to further her dancing career, but not before completing her HSC.

It was Kiralees decision to keep up her studies, said Debbie. We gave her the option to leave and focus on her dancing but Kiralee is a smart and level-headed girl. She knows that a ballet career is a tough one and that completing her education is equally important.

If you can help Kiralee achieve her dream, phone Debbie on 0439 788 587.

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