Six young Southlanders will show off months of practice when they compete against the best in New Zealand this month.
Dancers Bridgette Pink, Katie Coutts, Latisha Kerslake, Dawn Anderson and Ben Crossley-Pritchard, and oratist Victoria Boult have been selected to compete in the ILT National Young Performer Award, held in Invercargill on October 12 and 13.
About 130 artists, aged between 15 and 20, have been chosen to contest for $40,000 in prize money in modern and highland dance, speech and drama and acoustic orchestral instrument.
Modern dancer Ben Crossley-Pritchard, 16, said he spent about 12 hours a week practising his routines, motivated by his passion for the art form.
''It's just something I love - I want to make it a career.''
It was difficult being passionate about dance as a teenage boy, but he chose to ignore any taunts from peers and just enjoy the sport, he said.
Tickets for the ILT Young Performer Award, including the finals concert on the Sunday night, are available from the ICC booking office.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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