Dance the hidden language of the soul
Martha Graham acclaimed dancer and choreographer knew what she was talking about, when she said this quote, and I’ve mentioned it here as it might provide readers with an insight into the true passion behind this young dancer’s incredible advancement in dance.
Sebastian Thys, a young Sunraysia local, who skated up to the Mildura Ballet & Dance Guild studios one day, after a friend invited him to help partner a few ballerinas in an upcoming ballet performance. It was at these first few Pas de Deux classes in late 2012, that a spark was ignited in Sebastian, which has now grown into a burning passion for dance. Adopted by French parents, reading and speaking French has been a major benefit to Sebastian to help with the French terminology used in ballet, but he still has many challenges and boundaries to overcome. Ballet is a discipline that normally takes dancers many years of dedicated training and conditioning to master, but Sebastian is certainly ready for a challenge.
In just a year, Sebastian’s incredible natural ability and talent for dance has him winning scholarships to top dance programs across Australia. His recent award winning performance in the contemporary choreography section at the Mildura Eisteddfod, received comments from world reclaimed dancer Tibor Horwath who commented that Sebastian’s own choreography could be that of a seasoned professional.
Sebastian’s talent can only take him so far, the rest is up to him, but if anyone is going to help him in his pursuit of a professional dance career it would be his ballet teacher Janine Kerr. As principle ballet teacher at the Mildura Ballet & Dance Guild, she has played an integral role in preparing many young local dancers for professional careers in dance. In 2013 two out the twenty six nationally coveted places in the prestigious University of Melbourne - Victorian College of the Arts Dance program, were filled by Mildura Ballet & Dance Guild students. This is an outstanding achievement for a small regional city and has many wondering if we have something in the water here. However all these students were under the keen eye of a group of dedicated dance teachers and the Guild. If the success of these students is any indication of what lays in store for Sebastian’s future, he will be well prepared.
Seb’s humble about his success and expresses deep admiration for his fellow class mates, especially the female dancers, some who’ve been training for over fifteen years to achieve the success Sebastian has achieved in just one.
In the 2013 Guild performance, Sebastian again shone in solo and troupe performances in ballet and contemporary dance. It’s been a pleasure to observe Seb’s growth and success in dance and I believe this is only the beginning of what this young man’s talent and tenacity will achieve in the future.

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