Dancer stretching her wings overseas

Promising young Mosgiel dancer Rebecca Murray is about to take a bold step.

Next year the 17-year-old Taieri College year 13 pupil is moving to Australia for tertiary study.

She is applying for the bachelor of dance performance at Queensland University of Technology.

Accepted for the course or not, she will move to Brisbane to study at the institution, perhaps drama or education, before applying again.

Rebecca, who was born in Australia, heads across the Tasman for auditions in October.

First she will compete in September in the National Young Performer Awards in Palmerston North, the third time she has been nominated.

Rebecca attends the Mosgiel Meenan Dance Centre, where she has learnt classical and modern dance.

After her tertiary study, she aims to join a dance company, perhaps the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

She is particularly interested in choreography, her ''favourite thing'' about dance.

New Zealand does not have an equivalent degree to the Brisbane course, which is a mix of practical work and theory.

Rebecca, deputy head girl and arts prefect at Taieri College, said the school's recent drama production was emotional for her, given it was her last.

She had always been involved in the production, and had introduced a school dance competition.

She relished her involvement in all aspects of school life, and this was an attitude she had tried to foster in younger pupils, for whom she was a role model.

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