SARAH Perkins has swept up the classical ballet awards for her age group at Royal South Street as gracefully as she would sweep across a stage.
Over the course of this year’s competition, the 14-year-old Ballarat ballerina won two scholarships and two encouragement awards.
It started with victory in the Pirouette modern championship on Saturday, earning her a scholarship to Studio
Tibor in Sydney next week.
Then, in the afternoon, Sarah won The Courier classical ballet championship 14 years and over, becoming the first competitor to win both Pirouette and The Courier events in the same year.
She received an Australian Ballet Summer School Scholarship for January in addition to the $1000 first prize.
The award was presented by Lisa Pavane, deputy principal of the Australian Ballet.
“I wasn’t really expecting to win either,” the shy teenager said.
“These scholarships mean that if I try hard enough, I may get to where I want to be. That is, a part of a dance troupe travelling the world.”
Other accolades for the Anita Coutts School of Dance student were the under-16 aggregate award, the adjudicators’ encouragement award and the Ballarat Arts Foundation encouragement award.
Sarah trains six days a week, for at least 21 hours every week, and has been learning to be a dancer since she was three years old.
She is a year nine student at Ballarat Clarendon College where she is on a dance scholarship.