Family talent extends to dance

Emily Sydenham, 16 of Studio 1 - won through to the National Showcase Dance finals to be held in January.
Emily Sydenham, 16 of Studio 1 - won through to the National Showcase Dance finals to be held in January. Adam Hourigan

THERE'S obviously something in the water up at the Sydenham residence in Junction Hill.

At the same time local triathlete Adam Sydenham was representing the Clarence Valley as part of the Australian Team competing in the Triathlon World Championships in Spain on the weekend, his daughter Emily was representing the Valley in the Showcase Australian Dance Championships held in Lismore.

She impressed the judges so much she will now compete at the Australian Dancer of the Year Competition next year.

Emily, 16, who trains under the watchful eye of director Gail McBay at the Studio 1 Academy of Dance in Grafton, earned high silver placings across the board during the competition for solo dances in the contemporary, modern, ballet and own choreography categories.

Her final score qualified her for the Australian Dancer of the Year competition to be held at Conrad Jupiter's on the Gold Coast in January.

Speaking to The Daily Examiner yesterday, the humble McAuley Catholic College student said the honour was still sinking in.

"I was very proud that I was able to do something like that. I'm just so excited now to see how it all ends up," Emily said.

"I have a few more months to prepare now so I think I'll have a pretty good chance."

Emily has been dancing since the age of three and said she loved it so much, she had decided she wanted to make a career out of it after school.

Ms McBay said she was immensely proud of her student and also of the other senior dancers from Studio 1 who competed and won placings in Lismore over the weekend.

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