DETERMINED DANCER: Toowoomba ballerina Ainsleigh Rule, 13, is raising money so she perform and train in Europe.
DETERMINED DANCER: Toowoomba ballerina Ainsleigh Rule, 13, is raising money so she perform and train in Europe.

Toowoomba ballerina, 13, picked to dance in Greece

MOST dancers train their whole lives for an opportunity to perform overseas but Ainsleigh Rule has secured just that after only dancing for two years.

The Year 9 Concordia Lutheran College student was hand-picked, along with six others, to train at the International Dance Council's World Congress in Greece in July.

Ainsleigh was attending ballet classes casually at the PCYC Dance Academy, where she was scouted by teachers Sarah Brown and Cam Newell.

The teachers invited her to train at the National Conservatoire Ballet Company on a full scholarship.

Coming from a single-parent family, the 13 year old was stoked to be offered the chance to train seriously without hindering her mother's finances.

Life couldn't have been better for Ainsleigh until she was picked to train and perform in Europe.

Now she's determined to make the opportunity a reality.

"I'm so excited," she said.

"I couldn't believe it. I've been working so hard, training about 10 hours a week."

Teacher Sarah Brown said Ainsleigh was "everything" the company looked for in a student.

"She's hard-working, dedicated and has done everything she could possibly do to make this happen," she said.

"She's got drive, the right attitude and has a lot of talent but she works hard for her talent, it's not taken for granted."

Still determined not to burden her mother, Ainsleigh has been selling raffle tickets and cold-calling residents and businesses to ask for sponsorships and donations.

Her academy set up GoFundMe account to help Ainsleigh with flights and accommodation in Europe.

If she is able to attend the world congress in Greece, she will also perform at Italian dance festival Fiestalonia Milenio.

Ms Brown said it would be the opportunity of a lifetime.

"They will be seen by people all over the world, like the heads of ballet companies," she said.

"They will have access to full-time dance schools overseas and create strong international ties."

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