Warkworth ballet dancer Brooke McMahon, 10, is a step closer to her goal of training full-time at the New Zealand School of Dance, having landed a place in a scholar’s programme.
She was among hundreds of dancers from around the country who auditioned for just 12 spots in the elite national coaching programme based in Wellington.
The school selects only the most talented dancers, providing them with a pathway to a career as a full-time ballerina.
Next year, McMahon will travel to Wellington at least twice a term for training.
Her selection for the scholar programme follows a good showing in her Royal Academy of Dance exams.
Typically, students take one exam in a year, but McMahon completed two and scored above 90 in both.
She had a successful competitive season before lockdown, winning awards at 10 events, including first place in her grade at the Northern Schools Performing Arts Competition.
McMahon has trained at the Talbot Dance Academy under Carla Talbot since the age of three.