Dancer gets big gig
HAYLEY Stephens, 11, is getting the chance to dance in the same production as her ballet idol.
Last week the Nanango dancer found out she had been successful in her audition to dance with the Queensland Ballet at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba in a travelling production of Coppélia.
"My idol, Teri Crilly, was there (at audition). She sat next to me but I haven't gotten to speak to her yet," Hayley said.
Teri Crilly has performed lead roles with the Queensland Ballet in Cinderella and the Nut Cracker.
Although Hayley's role may be small, it's a foot in the door to the company she has dreamed of joining professionally one day.
Hayley said she had always wanted to see a proper ballet performed but never thought she would be in one, especially not her favourite.
"I'm more excited than nervous. I think when I get closer to it I'll get a little nervous," Hayley said.
More than 60 applied for part and straight after the audition Hayley found out she had got the part.
Rehearsals started straight away.
Hayley's mum Christie was the one who found about the call for dancers, and took her to Brisbane for the audition.
"(You had to) put down every measurement and had to fit the measurements to fit the requirements as they weren't changing the costumes," Christie said.
In the lead-up to the performance, as well as the Kingaroy Eisteddfod, Hayley has been dancing six days a week and has had to sacrifice her eisteddfod solo for Coppélia.
Hayley's dream is to eventually move to Sydney with her best friend to dance with the Australian Ballet.