Budding dancer Brianna Ellis is leaping towards success.
The ballet dancer has just been accepted into a prestigious dance school in Australia.
After gaining entry into five academies, the 17-year-old has chosen to study at National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne.
Only 15 students from across the world were selected in the 2014 intake for the advanced diploma.
Brianna is excited about the opportunity. "It's kind of scary too," she said.
Brianna, who describes herself as a perfectionist, has been dancing since she was three years old and hopes to one day be a part of an international ballet company.
"Classical ballet is my favourite. It's really elegant and more graceful than contemporary.
"And when I dance, I feel like I'm in a different place and everything else is gone," she said.
Brianna, whose dream role would be playing Aurora in the ballet version of Sleeping Beauty, has been trained under the British Ballet Organisation by Chere McGregor.
The Taranaki dance teacher has just retired and said Brianna's acceptance was a wonderful way to finish her dancing career.
"She has been a joy and a pleasure to teach since she was little. I'm going to miss her," she said.
Brianna's mother, Kelly Ellis, has been making her daughter's ballet costumes since she was a child but said she may not be able to sew them from across the ditch.
"It's going to be full on . . . Classes start at 7.30am and go through until 4.30pm, at the earliest," she said.
Despite the hectic schedule, Ms Ellis knew her daughter would love the ballet school.
"She's been dancing since before she could walk. In fact as a child she never walked anywhere, she danced her way to places," she said.
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