By BRIDGET COOK
WHILE Rebecca Jacobsson got off the path to becoming a professional ballet dancer, she is now back on track to dance her way to the top.
The dance teacher at Contemporary Independent Dance (CID) in Cranbourne was recently selected for the elite classical ballet school – Studio Tibor – in Sydney.
Rebecca, from Berwick, will now take part in a 12-month pre-professional program designed to train, refine and sculpt skilful dancers in preparation for auditions into major dance companies next year.
Rebecca, 20, said she was thrilled to take this step in her dance career, after falling off track for while and then finding her passion again.
“At the young age of 12, I was accepted into the Australian Ballet School where I studied for five years and somewhere along the way misplaced my passion for dance,” she said.
“In an effort to find it again, I moved to the National Theatre Ballet School, where I met so many great dancers, but still felt like I needed a break from dancing.
“After dancing six to seven days a week for two years, I had become tired.”
Rebecca said that was when she began teaching for CID, and grew as a dancer and found her passion again.
“I had the confidence to try again, and so I began competing in major dance competitions across the state,” she said.
It was at a competition that Tibor Horvath, founder of Studio Tibor, discovered Rebecca.
He invited her to an intensive workshop at his school, which led to her being invited to join the studio for a pre-professional year.
“Being accepted into Studio Tibor for this year has opened up a whole new path for me, and I am so thankful that my time with CID inspired me to reach for my dreams,” she said.
Rebecca said the year ahead would involve a lot of hard work and dedication, but hoped it would help her achieve her dreams.
“The life of a dancer, in the truth of it, is 100 per cent hard work,” she said.
“My dream for the future is to be accepted into a classical ballet company and to dance in a ballet with an audience of hundreds.”