Dancer makes top programme

Molly Robinson demonstrates her ballet prowess.

A Cambridge local has been recognised as a very promising up-and-coming dancer after being awarded a place in the Dance Masters International (DMI) intensive dance programme.

Only ten places were available, but Molly Robinson made the cut after demonstrating fantastic ability to the selectors.

“We are very proud of her,” said Kellie Schroer from K.S School of Dance, who has taught Molly since she was four years old.

“It’s nice for her to get recognition for her hard work that she puts in, and it’s encouragement to help her achieve her dreams,” added Molly’s mum, Mary Graham.

Alongside her regular schooling, Molly will attend intensive workshops throughout the year studying a range of dance styles taught by esteemed guest tutors from the industry.

“They’re really cool teachers, it’s pretty fun,” said Molly, who has completed other workshops with DMI in the past. The Year 11 St Peter’s student said she’s looking forward to seeing other dancers and members of the industry, and soaking up all the knowledge she can.

“It will be good to have smaller classes and to meet up with some people I’ve met over the years, that’s always fun,” Molly said. “It will be really fun, and helpful too.”

A specialist in jazz and tap dancing, Molly’s favourite dancing discipline is ballet. “It’s really fun, I like the challenge of it,” she said.

Molly will be taking part in workshops throughout the next couple of years as part of the programme, and then hopes to attend dance school full time, either at the NZ School of Dance in Wellington, or one of the schools in Australia. “And then I’ll just see where it takes me from there,” said Molly, who hopes to eventually become a professional ballerina.

She wished to thank her long-time dance tutor, Kellie Schroer. “She’s really encouraging and has been an awesome mentor and teacher.”

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