Dancing is Loren Kontaxis’ favourite thing to do. This half Greek, half African dancing superstar speaks with Focus about her love of performing and her dream of becoming a ballerina with the Australian Ballet Company.
When did you first start dancing?
At the age of three I attended a dance class and copied what all the other dancers were doing. It was great fun, and I have not stopped since.
> What styles do you love the most?
I love Classical Ballet. It’s the best! It takes a lot of discipline and hard work. I do my classes 3 to 4 times per week with my principal Miss Andrea. I love it!
> Where has your dancing taken you so far?
I haven’t gone overseas yet, but am hoping to in the near future. At the moment I travel to Melbourne every school holidays to train in the interstate program for gifted and talented students. I would like to join the Australian Ballet Company one day and move to Melbourne. This is my dream, and hopefully travelling will go hand in hand with this.
> Aside from dancing, what are your hobbies?
I love singing, acting – especially watching Broadway Musicals. Anything to do with performing! Hanging out with friends, swimming and listening to music are also some things that I enjoy doing in my spare time when I am not dancing.
> What do you want to be/do when you grow up?
Dance, dance, dance. Hopefully join the Australian Ballet Company when I finish High School. This would be a dream come true. The Australian Ballet Company has a great reputation, and to be accepted would be amazing.
> What is your favourite music to dance to?
I love Classical Ballet music, Jazz and Broadway music. They are always fun.
> Finish this sentence. I love dancing because …
I’m able to express myself, I feel free and alive, and nothing else matters. In my world, dance is everything. My life is not complete without dance or music.
> Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to give special thanks to my principal Miss Andrea Rowsell for moulding and training me to become the best I can be.
Thank you also to all my teachers at my dance school and to my mum, who never gives up. She is always there, always!
And to all my teachers at my previous dance school, thank you for your support and encouragement.
> Thanks Loren, and good luck.