Madison Wieland is heading to the Gladstone Dance Festival.
Madison Wieland is heading to the Gladstone Dance Festival. Tom Huntley

Ballet aficionado Madison set to perform in dance comps

THIS year marks Madison Wieland's return to some of the region's favourite dance competitions.

Madison will be competing in the 20th Gladstone Dance Festival this weekend and the Gladstone City Eisteddfod later this year.

The talented 17-year-old missed out last year as she was busy honing her technique for her dance examinations.

"It's a nice change from class," she said.

The ballet aficionado has been dancing since she was five-years-old and takes classes with Sandra Pincham at the Gladstone Academy of Performing Arts. Madison also does national, tap, contemporary and jazz, with dance classes every weekday.

On Saturday's Madison helps teach ballet and jazz to younger dancers at her sister's studio, Amber Wieland School of Dance, and on Sunday she is usually found practising as well.

"It's good to have an extra person to help correct technique," she said of teaching.

Madison is set to perform solos in the following categories this weekend: national, jazz, contemporary, demi-character, classical, waltz tap, tango and character tap.

She had to learn her choreography early as her dance teacher is currently in Singapore, so luckily Madison has her mother Kyleigh who is a former dancer to help her prepare.

"My mum is very helpful. She's never too busy for me," she said.

"This is my first time back (performing in the festival) in a long time.

"As a child it was always the highlight of my year, so it's nice to go back again."

Madison will definitely be one to watch at this year's competitions - she won the overall performer bursary at the Gladstone City Eisteddfod in 2011.

"I actually got my laptop with the money, so it's been really handy for school work," she said.

The Toolooa SHS year 12 student said after she finishes school she hopes to dance professionally.

"There are a couple of places in Brisbane that I want to audition for," she said.

"I'd like to do something with a heavy classical focus, but also a little bit of modern dance."

Madison said she has recently become interested in contemporary dance after attending a summer school dance program in Rockhampton.



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