Shayla’s dance dream coming true

One of Victor Harbor's young dancers is moving ahead in leaps and bounds after a recent audition success.

Shayla Mathews, 13, was the youngest dancer to be selected for junior style dance company The Dream Creative Team to train and perform in Sydney in the January school holidays. 

About 300 dancers from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore auditioned via an emailed video, with 35 to be selected.

Shayla was the only South Australian named in the group.

The Dream Creative Team was established by director Marko Panzic, a highly sought after Australian choreographer and director who just recently was in Portugal directing Jessica Mauboy’s Eurovision entry. 

Shayla, along with the other 13 to 17-year-olds, trained Mon day to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with several professional choreographers to create a live show that was sold out for two performances at the NIDA playhouse in Sydney.

From that performance, The Dream Creative Team was asked to perform at the Australian Dance Festival, the country’s biggest dance festival which brings choreographers from all over the world to Sydney.

They will be the closing act, and will also perform a routine called ‘Prodigy’ with a professional dance company.

Shayla is excited and grateful to be part of the amazing opportunity, and looked forward to performing again at Sydney Olympic Park.

She will be required to train from September 10 to 14, with the performance being on September 16.

This will be made even more special with her teachers from local dance company Dance With Leah being there to watch.

Shayla trains between 20 and 25 hours a week, waking up at 6.30am to train for an hour before school, then after school she trains most nights for two to four hours.

She said Leah and all her teachers were a huge support, always encouraging and helping her fulfil her dreams.

She also trains in Adelaide on Saturdays with an elite training team and has recently been an assistant in Sydney for dance technique workshops.

She has been a part of many performances on the Adelaide Oval for the Crows and Strikers sporting teams.

Shayla thanked the local businesses and individuals for their generous contributions helping her get to Sydney.