Bright lights of Broadway motivate Kingaroy dancer
DANCING is not just a hobby for Kinzie Campbell; it is part of her identity.
She is determined to settle the debate of whether dancing is a sport.
"I love to contest the notion that dance is not a sport,” she said.
"Dancers train just as hard as any other athlete and not many athletes can stand on their tippy-toes.”
The 12-year-old Taabinga State School student takes 11 classes a week and her hard work has paid off this year earning her roles in productions across Queensland.
This year she has danced with the West Moreton Youth Ballet in Toowoomba receiving a scholarship for their ballet production, and danced in a lead role in a production of Nanny McPhee with the National Conservatoire Ballet Company entertaining crowds in Brisbane, Esk and Toowoomba.
She has featured in six productions in 18 months and has no plans on slowing down securing a role in Toowoomba Ballet Theatre's Rapunzel ballet production in 2019.
This is just the start for Kinzie who has aspirations to dance for the Australian and Queensland ballet companies with the hope to one day earn a role on Broadway.
For the first time this year she has embraced the role of teaching five-year-old aspiring dancers at her school, La Creme Dance Academy.
"It is nice to know that little kids are looking up to me and that I have the ability to teach them,” she said.
Whether it be in the dance studio or on the verandah at home Kinzie is at the barre practising her technique and it is this drive and dedication that her mum, Jacqueline, admires.
"She is the type of kid that, she wants to achieve highly no matter what she does, so whatever she puts her mind to she will try to be the best she can,” she said.
"Whilst dancing is her focus at the moment we fully encourage that so I just be the mum taxi and get her there.
"We know how hard she works to have what she has and to see it come into fruition on stage is really amazing.”