Fourteen-year-old ballerina Alysha Martignago.
Fourteen-year-old ballerina Alysha Martignago. Kari Bourne

Alysha's in a spin

ALL signs pointe to Alysha Martignago having a career as an international prima ballerina.

Alysha, 14, made the top 12 in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix in New York, the highest placed Australian in the competition.

"I was just really shocked and really happy," she said.

Alysha's mum, Carmel, grew increasingly anxious with every stage.

"I was very nervous. For her it was a dream come true. It was unbelievable," Carmel said.

"Every stage we got through was very exciting. She did her repertoire, next round was contemporary, then the grand final."

Alysha not only impressed her mum and the judges but also took the fancy of a number of national and international dance schools, receiving offers from Princess Grace Ballet School in Monaco, Canadian Ballet School, Australian Ballet School and the Royal Ballet School.

"It's a huge compliment. It's all the unknown at the moment," Carmel said.

Alysha attends Sunshine Coast Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Dance Performance College in Caloundra and Classical Coaching with Janine McGrath in Brisbane.

SCPAC and QDPC director of performing arts Bonnita Anthony said she was still coming to terms with Alysha's outstanding result.

"It's a little bit surreal," she said. "I was quietly confident.

"I have held high hopes for her ever since she was little. It hasn't really sunk in yet."

Bonnita said she watched Alysha perform live through the Youth America Grand Prix website and was overcome with pride.

"I'm so proud and honoured. So many emotions. It's such a wonderful feeling to be able to get her there. It's a nice feeling to help someone achieve their dreams."

Bonnita said it was evident Alysha's dreams were coming true as offers from national and international dance schools rolled in.

"It's all looking very positive and her dreams will be met, I'm sure," she said. "I'm very proud of her and it's a very special and exciting time for me and our school."

While Alysha weighs up her options, the Year 10 student has been catching up on the two weeks of school she missed.



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