YAS recipient takes a bow

Hours of training each week, including weekends, has paid off for July’s Young Achiever Scheme winner – Projection Dance Junior Artist program.

The group of six dancers aged between 15 and 19 performed as part of FORTE in Wodonga and Melbourne, wowing crowds in both cities.

FORTE, a modern dance performance, stars some of the Border’s best up-and-coming dancers including 19-year-old Peter-John Simmonds.

Mr Simmonds started with the Projection Dance Junior Artist program at the beginning of last year.

“We train very hard and it is long hours, including many weekends, but that’s the sacrifice we are willing to make,” he said.

Council's Youth Achiever Scheme aims to financially assist young people to participate at a state or national level for activities, events or competitions.

Mr Simmonds said the win would go towards covering some of the travel expenses associated with their recent national tour.

“We have just been on tour and the experience was great, so to win this just tops off everything because there’s a lot of expenses involved when you are on the road," he said.

The Projection Dance Junior Artist program helps dancers work towards making dance their career.

“Some of us are now getting ready for auditions to secure spots with dance companies overseas," Mr Simmonds said.

"My dream goal is to get into the Wayne McGregor dance company in London."

Mr Simmonds recently accepted the YAS award alongside fellow dancers, Molly Parnell and India Stewart.