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.