Amazing Emily’s journey

A Latrobe Valley dance student has pirouetted her way to the national stage.

Ten year-old Emily Euman, of Tanjil East, will next month head to Brisbane to compete in the Australasian Energetiks Scholarship – a national event featuring each state’s top three dancers in each age group.

Emily placed first in the state championships, beating 21 competitors in the sub junior category, to earn her spot.

Emily, who has been dancing since she was two, described the win as “pretty amazing”.

“I’m extremely proud of myself,” she said.

Before battling it out against the country’s finest, she will first take on the Morwell Festival of Dance.

Competing in 26 dances across three age groups, this year Emily will perform in the jazz championship category for the first time.

“I love jazz and tap because I’m a bit more funky,” Emily said.

To prepare for major events, Emily ups her usual eight hours of training each week to include weekend rehearsals with Gippsland Academy of Dance.

It’s hard work, but Emily wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Dancing is a part of my life, it makes me happy,” she said.

“I love the dresses, I love the music, I love watching it and I practise a lot.”

She said her goal was to one day join the Australian Ballet.