THE past two years have been interesting, busy and a great time of growth for local resident, Estelle O’Keeffe, who was only the second dancer from Daphne Learoyd School of Dance in Shepparton to have been accepted to fine tune their skills at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA).
But it has been what happened since graduating from AMDA in Los Angeles (LA) in October last year, that has really started to make Estelle’s story a dancing success.
Estelle said, “I spent 16 months with AMDA and graduated with honours and have been very busy since then. I have been accepted into the Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program at a dance studio in LA. It’s a very prestigious studio. I get to train with some very high profile people. There are only eight selected into this program. Some of my teachers have worked with Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and the Backstreet Boys.
“It’s a very commercial based studio and I love it. I will finish with the program in June, but it has been great in networking and figuring out who you are as a dancer.
“I was also selected to be a feature dancer in a Samsung ad that was advertising wireless headphones. It was my first time on a set. It was so surreal.
“As well as that, I have been an instructor for Amanda Baird musical theatre. I get to travel to prestigious elementary schools and dance. We put on huge performances including Peter Pan, The Lion King, Annie and High School Musical to name a few.
“I actually teach some pretty famous students. At the moment I am teaching Nichole Ritchie’s daughter, Kate.
“It’s really challenging, but I love it.”
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