MIDWAY Point local Lauren Jordan, 25, has tasted success against dancers from across Australia and New Zealand at the recent Follow Your Dreams (FYD) National Competitions, held in Melbourne earlier this month.
Now in its 23rd year, FYD sees dancers of all ages highlight their talents in a range of categories including jazz, tap, classical, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, song and dance.
Ms Jordan, of Rhythmic Dance Centre, took to the stage against nearly 1,200 competitors, taking out 10 awards across all her categories.
This included four first places, four second places, the title of runner-up Adult Champion Dancer and the speciality FYD Spirit Award.
An avid dancer since she was 10-years-old, Ms Jordan said FYD was her favourite competition to enter.
“I was a bit nervous going into the competition because I knew what a high calibre it would be, with dancers from around New Zealand and Australia,” she said.
“But once I got into the swing of things, the excitement set in and it was a lot of fun.
“I am very happy with my end result – I danced the best I could and that’s all that matters to me.
“Just being there and attending made me a winner in my own eyes.”
Ms Jordan, who choreographed all her dance routines, said her success had aided in building her self-confidence as a dancer and choreographer.
“That is definitely a personal gain,” she said.
“I hope to now use what I’ve learnt during my time at nationals in my day-to-day dancing, as well as a teacher – something that I hope to get back into very soon.”
Rhythmic Dance Centre has studios located in Brighton, Midway Point, Bellerive, Orford and Huonville.
For more information, phone Shelley Hyland on 0438 681 750.
For more information about Follow Your Dreams, visit www.fydcomp.com.
Caption: Lauren Jordan, from Rhythmic Dance Centre, has won several awards at the recent Follow Your Dreams National Competitions. Performance photo credit: Stagelit Studios.