Talented Briana's a quadruple threat

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 12:00 28/01/2014

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Fancy footwork takes a new meaning for Colyton teen Briana Allan.

The Nga Tawa Diocesan School student not only knows how to bust a move in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, but she can balance atop two rigid planks as she slides down snow-laden slopes in her sport of choice, skiing.

Briana is fairly new to the snow sport. She followed her big brother into it a few years ago and hasn't looked back. She now spends most weekends perfecting her technique on Mt Ruapehu's alpine terrain and has even had a few podium finishes in open competition.

The teen is not only talented atop a set of skis. She has a set of lungs that have won her accolades as well.

The 14-year-old hit the spotlight last year when she won the Rangitikei's Got Talent content with an original piece.

The soprano singer has vocal chops to rival Lorde's and, it seems, a creative brain to match.

Her winning talent quest solo vocal performances were a song by American singer Troye Sivam, The Fault in our Stars, and a three-minute piece she penned herself called Touch of Time.

She belted it out in front of an audience of 200 people to win - a daunting experience, Briana says, especially when it was a piece unheard by most of the audience.

The normally softly spoken teen says she pretends no one is watching when she steps on stage and just imagines she's singing to her friends, the same friends she uses as inspiration for her writing.

Briana has taken singing and piano lessons since she was at primary school and dance lessons from the age of 3.

She's in the school choir and, with a penchant for music from Les Miserables and Wicked, musical theatre is where she'd like to end up.

She's already on her way by studying for an independent qualification in musical theatre.

But Briana's big dream is to audition for a performing arts school in Australia, with her sights set on singing the lead in a musical one day.

"I just love performing and getting to share my music with people," she says.

Last year she also scooped up accolades in vocal competitions in Whanganui and Manawatu.

She won the Intermediate Vocal Scholarship under-16 section and the cup for most outstanding overall vocal at the Wanganui Vocal Competition.

She also took the intermediate solo prize in the Manawatu Star search for Taylor Swift's song Sparks Fly.

Judges have said Briana's stage presence is years beyond her age, and her voice has a soulful sound.

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