Georgia Norriss came out on top at the South Island Ballet Awards. Photo: Beth Maskey.

Georgia dances her way to the top


Nelson dance student Georgia Norriss pliéd her way to the top of the South Island Ballet Awards last weekend.

Georgia, 14, out-danced 90 other students to claim the top prize of a dance tuition scholarship and $5000 to put towards furthering her skills.

“The competition was amazing, and everyone was so friendly,” she says. “It was a massive surprise to win as the finals were amazing and everyone did so well.”

Georgia says, apart from the nerves, she had a great time at the Christchurch event.

“Each dance felt easier and I felt more confident every time I went on stage.”

Georgia’s mum, Amanda, says her daughter loves dancing and she would love to pursue dance as a career in some way.

“Georgia loves ballet, jazz, contemporary dance and choreography. The money will be used for more ballet training, but we haven’t had the time to formulate a plan just yet.”

Laeticia Austin, from the same Nelson dance studio, also reached the finals and was awarded a tuition scholarship.

Dance teacher Louise Hawke says she is proud of the girls for what they’ve achieved after putting in so much hard work.

“We’ve worked since the beginning of February on the two routines that the girls had to perform. They’ve been here six days a week to practice. ”

“We’ve had dancers in the finals before but achievement at this level is very gratifying, it’s a credit to all the girls, I couldn’t wish for a better group of dedicated young dancers.

We’ve had a very happy time getting them to where they are,” she says.