Dubbo teenager Kyle Davey has joined the ranks of the country's top dancers after being accepted into the Australian Ballet School.
The 18-year-old began dancing at the age of 10 and started his dance career with the Dubbo Ballet Studio.
Kyle was one of just 22 students chosen from 500 hopefuls to secure a place at the Melbourne-based school.
"Last year we had a series of auditions with finals in September and about four weeks after that I got a letter saying I had been accepted," he said.
"I was just ecstatic and relieved as well that I had something secure for this year."
Kyle completed his HSC last year and now starts a three-year advanced diploma course at the ballet school.
It's a demanding regimen, with Kyle spending up to 30 hours a week dancing as well as attending academic classes such as anatomy, nutrition, psychology and music.
"Now that I've done the HSC I just do subjects that can benefit my dancing," he said.
The Australian Ballet School is regarded as the most prestigious dance training institution in Australia and is the only national vocational school with links to a professional company.
All the school's facilities are shared with the Australian Ballet and that's where Kyle wants to go when his diploma is completed.
"Once I get through my course I would love a place with the Australian Ballet Company but if I miss out on that I know I'm going to be able to try other places because of the training here," he said.
More than 90 per cent of Australian Ballet School graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies, with local or international companies.
Director Marilyn Rowe said the Australian Ballet School had produced some of the country's finest dancers.
"Admission to the school is a great honour and Kyle should be very proud of his achievements to date," she said.