September 27, 2018
From completing an intensive dance program at the Broadway Dance Centre, New York in July, to recently being offered a position in the Brisbane City Youth Ballet’s summer season of The Wizard of Oz, it’s been an action-packed year for talented Downlands dancer Lillian McCarthy-Cole.
Being accepted into the Broadway Dance Centre’s gruelling four-day program was an amazing opportunity for 14 year old Lilly. Dancing from 8am - 5pm each day, Lilly was exposed to classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, as well as specific skill sessions for jumps, turns and flexibility.
Just days after returning to Australia, Lilly completed her Grade 7 ballet exams and achieved 93/100 - the highest result at her studio (Dance Central). Since then Lilly has competed at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod with the College Troupe in Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, and Music Theatre, and has completed exams in Jazz and Tap. Lilly has been selected as a Shakefest State Finalist and will perform her Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired dance in October. Lilly will also fly to Sydney in October to complete a course with Sydney Dance Company “Last year, I won an Empire Theatre bursary to complete a holiday course with the Sydney Dance Company and I’m really looking forward to it”.
Lilly has been involved in College musicals, playing Young Cosette in Les Misérables (2016), and Patsy in Crazy for You (2018). A gifted all-rounder, she is a dedicated student, a keen swimmer, a member of the College Dance Troupe and an active House member. This year Lilly was voted Junior House Captain.
“I love our dance program, and I have loved the opportunities I’ve had to perform since I’ve been here. I travelled to Europe last year, as part of the College Cultural Tour, and sang in St Peter’s Basilica, which was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There’s so much to do at Downlands that I never get bored,” Lilly said.
Guided by her motto - hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard - life for Lilly is certainly action-packed! In addition to her schooling commitments, Lilly currently spends about 20 hours each week on dance, with five lessons of Ballet (her favourite), as well as Jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.
With dreams of joining a Dance company, this flourishing young Downlander, certainly has the talent, ability and ambition to get there.
You can see Lilly in the spring edition of Highlife or click to read the story on online.
Lilly's story was also featured in The Chronicle on Friday 28 September and The Chronicle online