Hills District Independent JUNE 2017 #24 - Page 13

local life From the Hills to London: Harrison Lee receives Mayoral Commendation Award by Lorraine Clifford present his award. A ballet workshop was followed by a Q&A session. The Harrison Lee from Castle Hill is one young students were delighted to have of the most prized young dancers in Harrison in their studio and see him the world today. perform. Mayor of the Hills, Councillor “I am impressed with Harrison’s Yvonne Keane, recently presented passion for ballet, as well as his Harrison with a Mayoral willingness to help other budding Commendation Award for his services dancers in the industry to succeed,” to ballet. Harrison is only 17 and has said Mayor Keane. won two global prestigious dance In 2014, Harrison topped the Youth awards plus the McDonalds Sydney America Grand Prix. This is one of the Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. world’s largest international dance “Harrison has done The Hills Shire bodies, and its mission is ‘to support proud. He’s got a great natural ability and develop world-class dancers, ages and a heart of gold,” Mayor Keane said. 9-19 from all geographic locations and Mayor Keane joined Harrison at the ethnicities’. Jigsaw Dance Studio in Kellyville to In 2015, Harrison won the McDonalds Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, one of the largest and most successful competitive performing arts festivals. The same year he travelled to Switzerland to take part in the Prix de Lausanne, an esteemed and famous competition for young dancers. Harrison was one of 70 entrants chosen from 300. He Harrison receiving his Mayoral Commendation Award from attended classes, Mayor Keane. performed, and topped THE hills INDEPENDENT www.hdinews.com.au the competition with flying colours. Harrison has been dancing since the age of six, but came to the stage almost by accident. He accompanied his grandmother and his sister to the latter’s first dance class. He flat out refused to watch the class so his grandmother suggested, ‘maybe he should join in.’ He did just that. He started to move in rhythm with the music, promptly went up to the teacher and asked if he could join the class. That was the start of this talented teen’s high profile dancing career! And what a wonderful suggestion from Gran! Harrison’s talent is so profound that he could make the choice of attending any ballet school in Europe, the American Ballet Theatre or the Royal Ballet School in London. He chose the Royal Ballet School, and makes frequent trips back home to see family and friends. “To see that potential at this age is very exciting and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this incredibly talented dancer,” says Mayor Keane. As well as his astonishing success on the stage, Harrison is also known for his grace and humility, wonderful assets on both a personal and professional level. Harrison’s career will be one to follow and I am confident we will not be disappointed. Harrison warming up at the Jigsaw Dance Studio. ISSUE 24 // JUNE 2017 13