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Local dancer puts on new face

ROSNY local Lilah Harding has become the ‘Face of Capezio’ after winning a national competition to represent the brand.

Capezio started in New York in 1887, and is a worldwide dance wear brand that makes dance shoes, stockings, leotards, active wear and many other dance related clothing.

Fourteen-year-old Lilah entered the Face of Capezio competition by submitting a headshot and an action shot of her dancing.

She was then chosen from more than 1000 people Australia-wide as a finalist.

The finalists had to participate in two dance workshops and then perform three routines in front of an audience at Olympic Park.

Lilah was announced as the teen winner of the competition.

“It was so amazing that I got chosen out of so many people – there’s no words to describe it,” Lilah said.

Lilah has been dancing since she was three years old at the House of Dance and said she wanted to become a Rockette in New York City one day.

“Dancing is my happy place and I love it,” she said.

Lilah said winning the competition would open up a lot more opportunities in both dancing and her professional career.

“Because of this I can put it on my résumé and people will know that I’m at a certain standard and that I’m good to work with,” she said.

For winning the Face of Capezio, Lilah received $250 cash and more than $1000 to use on Capezio products, and will be flown to Melbourne for a photoshoot.

She is now also an ambassador for one of Australia’s elite dance competitions, DanceLife Unite.

“It’s my role to promote the competition when entries open and help out – it’s a really good thing,” Lilah said.

“I’ve been an ambassador for a different competition before and that was so rewarding.

“I just like meeting new people that I normally wouldn’t and helping others.”