HAYLEY Stephenson earned herself a coveted position in the Brisbane City Youth Ballet this month but, just one day after her big audition, tore the cartilage in her knee and reduced herself to crutches.
The 12-year-old dancer said her excitement very quickly soured when she fell back and twisted her knee in class the day she returned to Nanango.
"I've never cried when I've hurt myself before, but this time was a bit different," she said.
"Dad joked that it could be the end of my dancing career, and I cried.
"Not because of the pain."
Although dad's joke reduced her to tears, she said she picked herself up and was very quickly on the road to recovery.
"I was determined to get better in time (for rehearsals)," she said.
"I do my exercises and dance on my crutches."
Although not the most graceful of props, Hayley said she would not let the crutches hold her back.
"I still do grand jetes and leap in the air," she said.
"But on my crutches and obviously with a bent back leg."
While Hayley would need to rely on her crutches for the next few weeks, she hoped she'd be better in time for the Brisbane City Youth Ballet rehearsals to start in January.
She said she looked forward to the "more challenging" standard of dance the Brisbane City Youth Ballet offered.
She also looked forward to dancing alongside other girls "who dance all day everyday".
After months of rehearsals, Hayley will perform in the ballet's Wizard of Oz performance in July.
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