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San Sisto student shines on QPAC stage

Millie Jones starred in the Ballet Theatre of Queensland production of The Little
Mermaid

WHILE most students enjoyed a well-earned break over the Christmas/New Year, San Sisto College, Carina, student Millie Jones was dancing with the stars.

The Year 11 student was part of a major production of The Little Mermaid by the Ballet Theatre of Queensland (BTQ) at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Choreographed by Timothy Brown, with exquisite sets and costumes, The Little Mermaid showcased the talents of Queensland’s finest young dancers.

An excited Millie said to perform one of her favourite childhood stories with all her beautiful friends was amazing.

“I loved everything about this production - the costumes, the choreography, the cast,” she said.

“Just being in BTQ was incredible but performing on the playhouse stage just made the whole experience even more magical.

“Just to think about how I performed on the same stage as many internationally renowned dancers is unbelievable.

She said her favourite part of the whole QPAC experience was by far seeing the faces of the audience members when performing.

“They seemed so happy and amazed at our performance which just makes the hours of training worthwhile.

“I felt so proud to perform on such an incredible stage, in such breath-taking costumes with such beautiful people.

“I am so grateful for BTQ and everyone who made our production so seamless and enjoyable."

Millie spent the last 13 years training to be a dancer.

“I was very young when I took up ballet, but as soon as I saw the tutus, and saw how mesmerizing and graceful the professional ballerinas were, I knew that ballet was for me,” she said.

“My advice to anyone interested in dancing for enjoyment, or with it in mind as a career is to never give up.

“Even when you are very tired after a long day of lessons and rehearsals, just look around you and let the smiling and laughing faces of your friends remind you that it is the joy of dancing that keeps you coming back for more.”

Millie said she was surprised by the amount of teamwork and sense of community you get from being in a company.

“We all learn new choreography as a team and work together to put on a beautiful show.

“This experience has taught me that teamwork is essential in everything you do and, even when you’re tired, you have to keep on trying with a smile on your face.

“I already feel like some of these people I train with are my friends for life.”

Millie said she would continue to focus on her dancing while she studies to become a physiotherapist or podiatrist with the aim of assisting other dancers fulfil their dancing dreams.

San Sisto Principal Shelley Hamilton said the college community was very proud of Millie’s achievement.

“We all wish her well with both her studies and her dancing in the future,” she said.



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