Calling all Queensland kids nuts for Ballet

Olivia Nason from Toowoomba won last year's
Olivia Nason from Toowoomba won last year's "Wish Upon A Ballet Star" competition. Bev Lacey

IS YOUR little one an young aspiring ballet dancer looking for a chance to shine on the stage?

Queensland Ballet has launched its Suncorp's Wish Upon a Ballet Star competition, calling dancers aged between three and 13 from across Queensland to apply for a chance to win a walk-on-role in their production of The Nutcracker in December. 

All you need is a creative photo to be in the running. 

Last year, six-year-old Olivia Nason from Toowoomba took out the prize and took to the stage.

Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin says the competition is a great opportunity for the next generation of young dancers. 

"The Nutcraker is a story that is based on tradition, bringing children's imaginations to life and this is exactly what we are hoping to achieve," Mr Cunxin said. 

"Opportunities such as these are wonderful in creating and developing young talent. It's not every day that a young danger gets the opportunity to rehearse and perform on stage with professional dancers."

Florence and Olivia Nason were finalists in last year's competition.
Florence and Olivia Nason were finalists in last year's competition. Contributed

This year's competition sees the addition of the Adopt-a-Dancer program which will provide the ten competition finalists with the opportunity to "adopt" a Queensland Ballet Company Dancer for an exclusive workshop experience, and ongoing mentorship at their dance school.  

Entries open from September 28 to November 6.

Parents and guardians can nominate children between three and 13 online via by uploading a creative photograph and 100 word entry describing what inspires their little ballet star. 

The 10 finalists will be drawn on November 11 with the Major Prize winner, People's Choice winner and Suncorp Customer winner announced on November 26. 

The Major Prize winner  will also meet and greet Li Cunxin and Queensland Ballet Company dancers as well as receive a portable Ballet Barre from A La Barre and a Suncorp Bank Kids Savings Account with a $200 deposit. 

Topics:  dance entertainment queensland queensland ballet

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