RUBY Teather dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
The 17-year-old from Myocum is now well on her way to achieving that goal thanks to a mentor program from Arts Northern Rivers called ArtStart Young Creatives Mentoring Project.
The six-month project, which involves 12 participants, has seen Ruby mentored by dancer/choreographer Jade Dewi Tyus Tunggal from Yamba.
Dancing since she was just three, Ruby is a student at the Cape Byron Steiner School and dances under the guidance of Sue Whiteman from Miss Sue's Dance Studio in Mullumbimby.
"When I found out I had been selected for the mentor project I was very excited," Ruby said.
"Jade is so knowledgeable about so many different things and she specialises in the type of dance field that I love best and that's contemporary.
"I have learnt so much from Jade, particularly about the way the body moves.
"So far my biggest achievement has been to start choreographing my own dance piece."
Ruby hopes to study dance once she completes her schooling.
"This mentorship has really helped me with my future goals and I'm sure that Jade will continue to mentor me throughout my dancing life," she said.
The 12 participants in the mentor project will showcase their work at the Byron Bay Community Centre on Saturday.
Northern Rivers Art has tickets on 6628 8120.