Annika raises barre

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Annika Jarvis, 11, from Karratha was accepted into the Charlesworth Ballet school.
Camera IconAnnika Jarvis, 11, from Karratha was accepted into the Charlesworth Ballet school. Credit: Picture: Supplied

A talented Karratha dancer is one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a ballerina after being accepted into a prestigious ballet institute in Perth.

Annika Jarvis, 11, moved to Perth earlier this month to begin the competitive professional ballet program at Charlesworth Ballet Institute after she auditioned last year.

Annika began dancing at the age of two and said she hoped one day she would be a professional dancer.

“I was very excited when Mum told me that I got in,” she said.

“The days are very full-on.”

Annika said she had learnt more advanced techniques since joining the program.

“You have to work very hard,” she said.

“I’m learning lots of things that I wouldn’t have started in Karratha for another year.”

The full-time program involves training in a variety of dance styles including classical, contemporary and Spanish, with about 160 students aged nine and above attending the college.

Schooling is provided in the program through the School of Isolated and Distance Education. On graduation, students travel to Europe to audition for ballet company placements.

Annika’s mother Rebekah Jarvis, an acrobatics and lyrical teacher at Lea Cullen Performing Arts in Karratha, said she was proud of her daughter.

“It’s her dream and passion,” she said. “As long as she loves what she’s doing, then it’s all good with us.”

Lea Cullen Performing Arts principal Lea Cullen Lynes said Annika had been her student for the past two years and was her third student to be accepted into the program.

“I’m just so proud of her,” she said. “She is one of those students that gives 100 per cent in every class.

“She has got everything you need to be a ballerina.”

Ms Cullen Lynes said the program was very competitive, with students assessed by physiotherapists to ensure their bodies were perfect.

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