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
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
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.