Cooper Cridland of Alstonville and Bridget Mulholland of McLeans Ridges are leaping at opportunities to make it big in ballet.
Cooper Cridland of Alstonville and Bridget Mulholland of McLeans Ridges are leaping at opportunities to make it big in ballet. Jacklyn Wagner

Cridland off to Oz ballet school

THIRTEEN-year-old Cooper Cridland has every reason to be grinning from ear to ear.

After seven years of finessing his dance moves, the Alstonville teen has been accepted into the prestigious Australian Ballet School in Melbourne next year.

“It will be exciting and a good experience. Mum and I are really looking forward to it,” said Cooper, who has been trained by teacher Monique Feain.

“The thing I like about ballet is it keeps me fit and it’s fun. I really enjoy it.”

Cooper will be joined on school holidays by McLean Ridges 14-year-old Bridget Mulholland, who was selected for the school’s interstate training program.

The program, which Cooper has attended for the past three years, provides training for gifted students aged between nine and 14 during school holidays.

“I’m really happy, I wasn’t really expecting it,” Bridget said, after wooing judges at an audition in Brisbane during the last school holidays.

A spokesman for the ballet school said only 18 per cent of the youngsters who vied for a position at last year’s auditions was successful in gaining a place.



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