Queensland Ballet has announced that 7-year-old Giles Nash from Mermaid Beach is the winner of their annual Suncorp Dream Big Challenge.
Giles has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in Queensland Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. He will also have the incredible opportunity to rehearse with Queensland Ballet at their studio in Brisbane’s West End.
Giles was so excited and incredibly happy to hear he had won. “I was in the car when we got the news and then we all celebrated in the house when we got back. It was awesome. I loved it! It is like a dream come true. I felt amazed… It is such a big achievement. When I spoke to Li, I felt happy that I was speaking to one of the best dancers ever. I felt so happy, like I’ve never felt before!” he said.
“It means everything to me. It makes me feel like all the practice and hard work I have done will make me be a professional someday. I am so excited to work together with the older dancers and to be on the big stage” he said.
In his entry, Giles was pictured showcasing his balance, performing an impressive releve in front of an indigenous mural.
“I like this position because it uses strength, balance, and it takes a lot of work. I have been practicing hard at holding it in relevé. I chose this location because it is about the people of Australia all coming together; I also like to play with my friends here,” Giles wrote in his entry.
This year’s challenge was all about capturing a ‘big move’.
More than 500 aspiring dancers submitted photos from across metropolitan and regional Queensland. To enter, they were required to upload a photo of their big move, with the help of a parent or guardian, and describe why their chosen pose and photo location was special to them.
Queensland Ballet Artistic Director Li Cunxin AO said it was a tough ask narrowing the field to six finalists, and a huge challenge to select a winner. But at the end of the day, it was Giles’ enthusiasm and passion during the finalist’s visit to the dance studios last Friday that captured the eyes and hearts of the judges from Suncorp and Queensland Ballet.
Giles will perform with Queensland Ballet in its production of The Nutcracker on December 19th at the QPAC Lyric Theatre.
The Nutcracker runs from December 16th until December 23rd.