Dancer Ashley Molloy needs around $4000 to get to New York to attend a training camp.
Dancer Ashley Molloy needs around $4000 to get to New York to attend a training camp.

Ashley wants to be a part of it

By DAVID BANCROFT

FROM the time she was three years of age, Ashley Molloy knew what she wanted to do.

She wanted to dance, perform and entertain.

Twelve years on her enthusiasm for a career in ballet has not waned. In fact, it has increased. She is now homeschooling and spending most of her normal school hours learning dance full-time under the tuition of Grafton dance teacher Nicole Shipman.

"It is my life," she said, "it started as something fun to do, but now I'm just living for it. I love being able to move and perform on stage ... I definitely want to become a professional."

Ashley now has the opportunity to take another step towards realising her dream, but needs a little help from the community to get there.

Last year, during a performance in Port Macquarie, Ashley won one of two scholarships to attend an intensive ballet training camp at the International Ballet Academy in New Zealand.

The scholarship was offered by former Port Macquarie dancer and now full time dancer in New York, Darren McIntyre.

But after the scholarship was offered her plans were dashed when the academy closed.

When Ashley's father Lewis contacted Mr McIntyre he offered instead a part scholarship to attend a month-long training camp with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York.

Mr Molloy said it was a wonderful opportunity and the family would get her there somehow, but was keen to get any community support that was available.

Already one local business, Shipshape Electrical, has offered a pile of FlyBuys to help offset the cost of air fares, but more is needed.

nA fundraising trivia night to support Ashley's trip will be held at the South Ex Servicemen's Club at 7pm on June 2. Anyone interested should con- tact Diana Welch on 66433384.



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