Dancer makes her way to New York's Joffrey Ballet School
She refused to walk in the door of her first exam, but now she can't stop.
Beth Edwards, 16, has been set on making dance her career ever since she can remember - and now her dreams are coming true.
The ballet dancer from the north Auckland seaside suburb of Manly has been accepted into one of New York's best ballet schools.
Continuing to chase her dreams of travelling the world working for a dance company, Beth received an email last week announcing she was one of the lucky dancers chosen to attend Joffrey Ballet School in September.
Beth has been dancing from the age of three and said it is her life."It came at a huge surprise to me, I sent in a 15 minute audition video to multiple schools around the world. It is very rare for a school to accept you without meeting you," Beth said.
"I wake up at 6am every morning, go on a bus for two hours to KMS Dance Studios, dance for six hours and then come home again which takes another two hours."
Beth does this Monday to Friday and also does her school work through correspondence when she gets home.
"I love to dance and I love performing on the stage and knowing all the hard work is worth it."
Dance was fate for Beth as her mother, Tracy Shiells is also a dancer.
Tracy teaches ballet at The Dance Floor in Orewa and is also passionate about it.
"I am so proud of Beth and how far she has come, I will miss her but she has to go, it is her dream."
One of Beth's dance instructors Mary Keeling, who also teaches at The Dance Floor, used to be a professional dancer and said she is very proud.
"I know how hard it is to be a dancer. I am so proud of Beth and all her hard work and commitment that she has put into her journey. I have enjoyed every minute teaching her."
Beth has started to raise money to get over to the school by the end of August.
"To attend the school it will cost me $60,000 a year. I hope I can raise enough to get over there," she said.
Beth has a give a little page set up at givealittle.co.nz/cause/bethsdream.
"I can't wait to learn and bring my skills back to New Zealand to teach others."
- Rodney Times