From Landsborough to Amsterdam: Ballerina’s study dreams
Collecting cans to pirouettes – a Landsborough ballerina is working hard to turn her dreams into a reality.
Madeleine Powell is just 15-years-old.
She spends five days a week travelling back and forth to Brisbane to train as a full-time dancer.
In among the hours spent commuting and practising her craft the Sunshine Coast teen is also about to embark on her Year 10 studies via distance education.
But you won’t hear her complaining.
“I started dance when I was three years old and have always known that it's something I wanted to do since a very young age,” Ms Powell said.
“So that made it easy to make the decision that I wanted to do it every day for the rest of my life.”
Juggling school, dance and normal life is a big ask for a teenager but for Madeleine it’s just about achieving her dream of becoming a ballerina.
“It makes it easier when it is something you love and you're very passionate about,” she said.
“I dedicate time to schooling, I make sure I get it all done and I’m trying my best.”
The dancer has been invited to take her love of dance abroad with a three-month stint in Amsterdam at the European School of Ballet.
In order to fund the trip of a lifetime as well as tuition and pointe shoes Madeleine has been rolling up her sleeves and collecting cans and bottles.
“It was just something we kind of found that a lot of people were interested in helping out with,” Ms Powell said.
“It was sort of an easy way to donate rather than donating money straight to us.
“It was going really well but it’s sort of died down a little bit now.
“Getting people’s help with that again would definitely be great.
“Every little bit helps.”
All going well Ms Powell will travel to Europe at the beginning of April.
“It’ll be an amazing experience, I can’t wait.”
You can help Madeleine on her journey by donating to Containers for Change using the ID C10107502.