WALKING through The Rocks in Sydney, Isaac Clark chats on the phone like a true city-slicker.
The difference is, he’s on his way to his second day at Sydney Dance Company.
“The realisation that I’m able to walk up this road everyday, walk down to the wharf and make new friends as well as being taught so many new things that I would never have imagined, it’s quite exciting,” Isaac said.
“Especially for someone at my age coming straight out of school.”
On day one, Isaac met his teachers and fellow classmates in the pre-professional year program.
Every morning he will spend a few hours doing pilates or yoga before perfecting his technique.
After a quick lunch break overlooking Sydney Harbour, the dancers head back into the studio to work with internationally-acclaimed artists.
It’s really not all that different from “regular school”, Isaac said.
“For me 30 per cent was learning, dance was always 70 per cent,” he said.
“It’s all about finding your authenticity as a dancer and expressing your own unique portrayal of the sport of dance.
“But, it’s quite exciting that I’m able to work with so many well-known and amazing people.”
An Armidale boy, Isaac was travelling from town to Sydney every fortnight to work on his technique with a professional dance school.
He encourages anyone from a country town with a dream to pursue it.
“My hard work really paid off and I’m so grateful that my mother gave me the opportunity to come back and forth and build my way up,” he said.
“If you have the drive and determination, if you can really focus on where you ant to be in a year or so – you will definitely be able to get there.
“That’s evident from my experience.”
The performer’s Higher School Certificate major dance work was one of just 30 selected for Callback this year.
The showcase of exemplary dances run by The Arts Unit features at the Seymour Centre in Sydney this Thursday and Friday.