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Dancing on top of the world

LIVING HER DREAM: Ipswich dancer Ondreea Kitching (front) performs in LumiAir on the Gold Coast.
LIVING HER DREAM: Ipswich dancer Ondreea Kitching (front) performs in LumiAir on the Gold Coast. Scott Belzner

WHEN Ondreea Kitching was in pre-school, she told her teacher she was going to "dance on the world".

Now 20, nothing has really changed for the Ipswich dancer who will do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true.

"I started with my auntie when I was three," Ondreea said.

"She had a little dance studio in Brassall and she asked my mum if we wanted to start dancing so she put me and my sister in."

That lit the performing fire for young Ondreea and the passion for dancing hasn't looked like waning.

"It's amazing performing every night. It's just the best feeling," she said.

"It's a totally different kind of feeling and it just uplifts you."

Ondreea's biggest break so far was landing a part in LumiAir, a spectacular stage show on the Gold Coast that started on Boxing Day.

With the show ending tomorrow, the vivacious performer already has her eyes on her next challenge.

"At the moment I'm thinking of lots of things but my options are either a cruise ship or... LA maybe," she said.

Ondreea, who was also on the short-lived show Everybody Dance Now, says there isn't much money for her in dancing at the moment but that doesn't bother her.

"I have two different jobs as well as dancing; I work in the kitchen at the turf club and I also work at Subway," she said.

"Every now and then a gig comes up but I need to have a day job and I know that.

In this industry everyone's fighting for the same thing so it's really, really hard; there are so many dancers and not many jobs so you're always trying and auditioning for everything. But it's all worth it in the end.

"In this industry everyone's fighting for the same thing so it's really, really hard; there are so many dancers and not many jobs so you're always trying and auditioning for everything. But it's all worth it in the end."

She's even happy to put up with being teased by her brother Alex as she works to overcome all obstacles to 'dance on the world'.

"Alex has just graduated from university in business management and he's always saying to me, 'Why don't you get a real job?'

"While he understands, he doesn't know the ins and outs of it properly.

"It's way more than money. It's just this feeling."

Topics:  brett kitching, dance, everybody dance now




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