LILY SPENCER has made a big step towards achieving her dream of becoming a ballerina - she has just been accepted into the Royal Ballet School in England.
In September, at a mere 14-years-old, she will leave her three siblings and father at home in Brisbane and travel to London with her mother to make a new home at the historic White Lodge boarding school.
Lily has been a student at the Annette Roselli Ballet Academy in Manly since she was four. She has received consistently outstanding Royal Academy of Dance exam results throughout her training, and plans to sit herAdvanced 1 exams before she leaves for England.
She has been one of the few chosen to take part in the Australian Ballet School’s Interstate Junior Program since 2005, and is also in the Queensland Ballet’s Junior Extension Program. She has been a company member of the Ballet Theatre of Queensland for the past four years.
Her successes in competitions are too numerous to mention, but one highlight was coming runner-up in the junior section (10-12 years) of the Society of Dance Arts Scholarship last year, and winning a contemporary section at last year’s McDonald’s Performing Arts Challenge.
To audition for the Royal Ballet School, Lily first sent a DVD of herself, which resulted in an invitation to the final auditions in London in February. She will begin at Year 10.