JUMPING FOR JOY: Danny Hindmarsh has been accepted into Brisbane’s Raw Dance Company.
JUMPING FOR JOY: Danny Hindmarsh has been accepted into Brisbane’s Raw Dance Company. Nat Bromhead

Dancer shows his Raw talent

DANCER and Urangan State High School Year 12 student Danny Hindmarsh has been offered a training place with Raw Dance Company in Brisbane.

He will decide whether to accept a full-time or part-time place with the company after finding out if he will be accepted into Queensland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

The 17-year-old travels to Brisbane this weekend, with two other Urangan students, to audition for a place at QUT.

Danny sent a DVD audition to Raw because he could not make it to Brisbane to audition in person due to other commitments on the weekend of the try-outs.

During the school holidays, he contacted his Urangan High dance teacher Erin Shevelling and they worked all morning polishing his one-minute contemporary solo which Ms Shevelling choreographed and filmed.

Danny never expected a call back.

“I was auditioning for Raw purely for the experience and to get my name out there – I had not even thought about being accepted,” he said.

Danny sent off the DVD and the following day received a phone call from Raw general manager Jess Chambers congratulating him on being accepted.

He was speechless.

“This was a dream come true,” Danny said.

“Raw has produced some of Queensland’s best dancers.”

He said Raw’s professional training programs gave dancers the chance to experience a diverse range of dance and performance styles focusing on strengthening their skills to enter the industry.

Danny only started dancing three years ago when a friend asked him to do a duo performance with her but has not looked back since then.

“Dance is my way of letting go,” he said.



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