Nine-year-old aspiring ballerina London Yeomans is moving closer to her dream with a position in the Australian Ballet School's summer program.
COVID-19 may have prevented London from taking part in face-to-face classes, but it didn't stop her from dancing. Orana Dance Centre owner Zoe Sweeney created a platform for her students to learn online and London's house became her private dance studio.
London said she was committed to keeping up her lessons because as a dancer she never wanted to stop.
"I feel free when I dance. I can be the real me because I can express myself through movement," she said.
In addition to keeping up her regular lessons, London's parents also looked into other online classes. She was enrolled in the Australian Ballet School's ballet classes three times a week with Madeleine Eastoe and Justine Miles.
ALSO MAKING NEWS:
The dancing was a way of feeling normal when everything was changing due to COVID, London said.
She also competed in numerous eisteddfods and dance competitions, both in person and online.
In between the competitions and classes, London auditioned for the Australian Ballet School.
She's been accepted into the school's 2021 summer program.
"Just stepping into the Australian Ballet School is going to be an amazing feeling, just thinking of all the fantastic ballet dancers who have stood in the same spot I will be in," London said.
The ballet star is looking forward to seeing all of the dancer's pointe shoes and dreaming about being a full-time student.
We depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.