Teenage dancer aiming big

ARRAN MORTONSound Telegraph

The future looks bright for Baldivis dancer Jack Ryan as he prepares to audition for a place at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

At just 17, the Kolbe Catholic College student has collected a number of accolades at various competitions and attends WAAPA twice a week as he works towards a certificate II in dance.

“I started dancing eight or nine years ago when I first moved here from England when I found out that a family friend danced at a studio in Kwinana,” Jack said.

“I just really loved to perform to an audience — it’s the best feeling getting out there in front of everyone.”

Since then Jack has perfected his skills in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical styles of dancing.

He has also been recognised for his unique talent, most recently taking first prize for his modern jazz solo at Mandurah Festival of Dance.

The Kolbe dance captain has appeared in several shows at his school, teaches tap class on Saturday at his dance studio in Cockburn.

Jack’s mother Heather Ryan said the whole family was extremely proud of him.

“I’m a big fan of Jack and for him following his dreams,” she said.

“His devotion and love of dance is amazing.

“Watching him perform is mesmerising for me — I could watch him all day.”

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