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Charlotte Chivers, the Ballarat ballet dancer with the world at her feet | The mail

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One of Ballarat’s brightest dance talents will bid farewell to the city this week as she attends a full-time ballet school in Queensland. Charlotte Chivers, 14, will spend all of Year 9 at the Classical Coaching Australia academy in Brisbane. Leaving Loreto College, she will devote the next year to developing her talent. Charlotte’s ballet coach Georgia Taylor said her student was a “very special and rare student.” At the Classical Coaching Academy, renowned ballet teacher Janine McGrath will take Charlotte under her wing. It’s the next step in a dance journey that started at an early age. Her mother, Kelly Chivers, told the Courier that she immediately drove to South Street from the hospital where she was born to see her sister perform. “She just came out dancing.” Charlotte started at the age of three at the Kerry Moore School of Ballet in Ballarat, where she has been ever since. She has won many accolades along the way, recently adding the middle title at South Street in September to the junior victory she had when she was younger. WATCH: Charlotte’s Championship Dance, performed during a recital at the Kerry Moore School of Ballet “It was like a circle, being back at Her Majesty’s. It was a beautiful icing on the cake,” said his mother. Supported by a grant from the Ballarat Arts Foundation, which has funded an extensive collection of pointe shoes (“she just burns them”), Charlotte will also travel to New York in March to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix. And the travels don’t stop there: she has won a scholarship for an intensive two-week course at the Princess Grace Dance Academy in Monaco next year. It’s a year in which she will likely meet directors of the best ballet schools and companies in the world – perhaps another step in the life of a professional dancer. Ms Chivers said she felt a mixture of nervousness and pride every time she watched her daughter dance. “She always loved to dance,” she said. “I know how much work she puts in and how much work the teachers put in but it looks effortless when she’s out there on stage.” As for next year’s trips, Ms Chivers said it would be nerve-wracking to see her daughter go, but they relished the opportunity. “It’s been a bit long, but she’s worked very hard to get there. The journey has only just begun, really.” Have you subscribed to The Courier’s daily newsletter and news emails? You can sign up below and make sure you’re up to date with everything happening in Ballarat.