PROMISING young dancer Thomas Stevens has finished a fortnight-long run in The Nutcracker, presented by the Australian Ballet Company in Melbourne.
The Damascus college year seven student earned his spot from his performances in a Royal Academy of Dance showcase and a ballet teachers workshop.
For Thomas, being part of the children's cast, was an incredible chance to dance alongside some of the nation's top ballet dancers, like Audrey Nicholls. The experience has also fuelled his passion to join a professional company and become a principal dancer.
"I am currently the only boy in my ballet class. It would be great to see more boys join ballet as it has so many benefits and can take you around the world," Thomas said.
"I enjoy everything that ballet has to offer: the discipline, encouragement and teamwork. It also builds confidence through performing. I particularly enjoy the theatrics of ballet and expressing emotion by telling a story through dance. It is also great for fitness and flexibility."
Thomas started dance lessons after seeing his twin sister Isabelle perform in a ballet concert. He started in jazz aged seven and took on ballet classes at age eight with The Academy of Classical Ballet in Ballarat.
On top of ballet and jazz, Thomas also now takes classes in contemporary dance, acro and Pilates.
Thomas practices ballet each day after school and on Saturdays he is part of the Academy's intensive training program.
Royal South Street's dance eisteddfod has also been a focus for Thomas this month.
The Nutcracker finished at the State Theatre on Saturday.
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