Todd is lord of the HSC dance
By JULIA ILES
GRAFTON has its own budding Baryshnikov in young Todd Madden.
Todd has exceeded his own expectations after receiving two call backs from visiting Sydney judges for his three HSC dance routines.
"Call backs are given for outstanding routines and represent the top per cent of performances," Todd said.
"It would have been great to have one call back, but to get two pieces in is really exciting."
This means that in February next year the 17-year-old Grafton High student is invited to travel to Sydney to showcase his original dance pieces.
Todd will perform alongside other outstanding HSC dancers.
His winning dances incorporate elements of ballet and modern styles with contemporary backing music.
Todd believes that the opportunity in Sydney will help him enter the world of professional dance.
"I am hoping it will help me gain more experience in the industry," he said.
"It's taken a lot of dedication as I've done ballet classes leading up to the practical, and had to work up my stamina as the two pieces are over five minutes."
The dedicated dancer performs with the Clarence Youth Ballet and the Nicole Shipman Academy of Dance in his spare time. He recently performed in the Clarence Youth Ballet's rendition of Swan Lake.
"I really want to be a professional dancer and am looking forward to pursuing it in the future," he said.
Next year Todd plans to relocate to Brisbane to study dance at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).