Amy leaps at dance school opportunity
Passion, dedication and now opportunity will help Amy Maddren take her dancing to the next level.
The 15-year-old Mahurangi College student, is one of three Rodney students to be offered dance scholarships with the Auckland Regional Services Trust.
She will join students from Rodney and Kaipara colleges in workshops next month and April with The New Zealand Dance Company - with tuition paid for.
The January workshops will be held in Auckland, with the April ones in Mahurangi, at a yet to be named venue.
It will be a chance for the young dancers to mix with professionals.
The three scholarship winners will also perform in a work with the company as part of the Liftoff! School matinee programme at Mahurangi College on May 28 and 29.
Amy got into dance about 10 years ago when she was living in West Auckland. She saw kids dancing on a TV show and thought it looked fun.
Her family moved to Algies Bay about six years ago and she joined the Sole Movement club, now Dance Dimensions.
It was about two years ago she realised she didn't just want to dance, but to be a dancer.
"It's just the thrill of performing and the feeling when you're dancing. It's hard to explain - you'd have to be a dancer to get it," she says.
Amy has 12 classes of dance a week with four teachers. Dance Dimensions owner Dayelle Hill, is also a manager and choreographer for the SkyCity Cheer team. Another teacher, Rachel Gatis, is one of its cheerleaders.