Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Farrah Dances Way to Top; Gympie Girl Named statea[euro][TM]s Most Promising Ballet Dancer for Two Consecutive Years

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Farrah Dances Way to Top; Gympie Girl Named statea[euro][TM]s Most Promising Ballet Dancer for Two Consecutive Years

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Byline: Reporter Lee Gailer finds out what inspires one of Queenslandas top young ballet dancers to do her best

DANCER Farrah Roongsang-Ellis is a classic example of how kids in the country can achieve just as much, if not more, as those living in the city.

The Gympie girl has been named Queenslandas most promising ballet dancer for two years running.

She was first noticed by industry professionals in 2011 when she won the award against many dancers from prestigious dance schools in major centres across the state.

Farrah won the award again at the end of 2012 against the same group of statewide dancers, which places her as one of Queenslandas top amateur ballet dancers.

The Cooloola Christian College Year 11 student is not at all fazed by the honour.

Despite her natural ability and years of dedication and hard work, Farrah has her sights set on becoming a vet.

Mum Karen Ellis, a trained dancer herself, said her daughter was born to be a dancer a physically.

aFarrah has good placement,a she said, explaining this meant she was flexible enough to hold positions higher, more firmly and longer than most dancers at her level.

aYouare either born with that (ability) or not.

aTo not have it naturally would require an extreme amount of adjustment.a

Farrah attends dance classes with Michelle Weber at The Dance Academy Cooloola most days of the week and says she just does it afor the fun of ita, not the desire for a dancing career or the accolades.

aI like being able to keep fit with an activity thatas fun,a she said.

aIam more interested in being able to do a fun sport that has a lot of creativity to it and involves lots of people.a

Farrah started dancing at three years old, inspired by her mum. Karen still dances, teaches a few senior classes at the academy and has played a big part in helping Farrah refine her skills. …

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