Clunes teen earns place in top international ballet school

Clunes ballerina Chloe Hollow performing at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York in April.
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Clunes ballerina Chloe Hollow performing at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York in April. Photo courtesy Taylor Brandt Photography Follow on Instagram: @TaylorBrandtPhotography Contributed

LANDING a place in one the world's most prestigious ballet schools is one thing, receiving a scholarship there is an accomplishment en pointe.

It's a long-held dream that's become a reality for 16-year-old Clunes ballerina Chloe Hollow who was recently accepted into the English National Ballet School.

"It's very prestigious," Chloe said. "Not that many people are accepted let alone given scholarships."

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In February, Chloe travelled to London for a private audition and was accepted into the ballet school.

But it wasn't until the school's director spotted her competing in the Youth America Grand Prix in New York two months later that she arrived home to an email informing her she had been awarded the scholarship.

Chloe, a third generation dancer, took up ballet lessons when she was four years old.

She studied Cecchetti Ballet under the tutelage of Alstonville ballet coach Monique Feain, before commuting to Brisbane for part time training with Janine McGrath Classical Coaching when she was 13.

Last year, she made the switch to full-time dance training, finishing her high school studies through distance education.

Clunes ballerina Chloe Hollow performing at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York in April.
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Clunes ballerina Chloe Hollow performing at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York in April. Photo courtesy Taylor Brandt Photography Follow on Instagram: @TaylorBrandtPhotography Contributed

Chloe's routine means she dances every week day from 9am until 3pm before going home to study for her HSC.

"I'm in year 12, so it's quite difficult, but I'm managing," she said.

"You don't really have a choice to let yourself not be motivated and do it every day.

"But I just love it so much, there's nothing else I would rather do, so I just know I have to do everything I can to get where I want to be.

"Everything about ballet is difficult, it's a very very intense world.

"Staying fit is a huge part and with ballet you can't have really long breaks."

Chloe will relocate to London in August and begin her training in September.

She was one of three international students to win a scholarship to the ballet school.

Chloe said her dream is to eventually become a principal dancer of a ballet company.


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