Beth Docker poised for prima role

Beth Docker is working towards becoming a professional ballerina. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Beth Docker is working towards becoming a professional ballerina. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

BETH Docker knew she wanted to become a professional ballerina at age three.

That dream is now one step closer.

Beth will travel to Belgium in September to take part in an international competition.

Once the competition has finished, she will audition at prestigious ballet schools in Europe in a bid to land a position.

“I just love it because you feel free and happy and you get to act and be whoever you want to be,” she said of the dance style.

“It’s hard work but you have to make it look effortless.”

The 16-year-old ramped up her commitment to ballet earlier this year by moving to the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in Sydney after completing year 10 at James Fallon High.

She practises ballet at the Sydney school full-time, six days per week, after spending several years with Murray Youth Ballet in Albury.

“The Murray Youth teachers have helped me to become a full-time student,” Beth said.

“Now my teachers are helping me to progress even further.”

Her mother Kerrie said undertaking year 11 studies and full-time ballet classes was a big commitment.

“It’s a very big load,” she said.

“But she’s really excited.”

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