Young dancer wins award

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 08:57 03/07/2012
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JONATHAN CAMERON
Lydia Egan

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Winning a ballet competition at New Plymouth's TSB Showplace came as a surprise to Lydia Egan.

"It was a bit of a shock because one of my dances didn't go so well," the 16-year-old said.

Egan, however, did enough to impress adjudicator Shelley Coutts on Friday to take out the Jean White Memorial Ballet Scholarship, an event first contested in 1964.

She said winning the scholarship had not crossed her mind during the competition.

"I just thought about doing my best."

Egan, who has been dancing since the age of three, said she would be using her $500 award to pay for travel and accommodation so she could attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts winter school next week.

"I always wanted to dance but my mum wouldn't let me until I turned three," she said.

Jasmine Newsome took out second place and won a $100 pointe shoe voucher while Ashleigh Corkill received $50 for finishing third.

Coutts, of Invercargill, said all seven dancers who took part had performed very well.

Convener Colleen Baird said all of the dancers had shown wonderful grace, poise and technique.

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