Georgia laces up her ballet shoes to take on New York City

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Gold Coast local Georgia Clay has big dreams to take her passion for ballet and dance to the international stage

She’s the Gold Coast youngster storming the global ballet stage and for Georgia Clay, it’s the realisation of a lifelong dream.

Georgia has recently been offered a role as an apprentice at Hudson Ballet Theatre, a ballet company in New York City.

In recent months, she’s been spending an “amazing time” in New York and Europe, taking classes and furthering her dance career.

“I’ve just started a small business and am teaching choreography for numerous dance studios on the Gold Coast,’’ she says with a smile.

“I have been building up my two small businesses for almost three years, teaching Queensland Ballet’s ‘Ballet For Seniors’ Program, and teaching and choreographing for numerous dance studios on the Gold Coast.’’

Her resume is one to be envied. She has competed in ballet, contemporary, lyrical and jazz competitions throughout Australia.


Her achievements include the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge, the Gold Coast Eisteddfod and Brisbane Arts in Focus. Georgia was also selected to compete in the world-renowned ‘Youth American Grand Prix’ in New York City.

She has done plenty of television, including interviews on the Today Show.

In 2018, she trained under Gelsey Kirkland herself after successfully auditioning for a highly sought-after position.

She also did a four-week intensive Vassiliev Academy of Classical Ballet in New York in 2017, training under Andrea Vassiliev.

On top of that, Georgia received a full classical scholarship to the prestigious Rock School For Dance Education in the USA where she completed their ‘Professional Division’.

It’s been a whirlwind ride for the former Marymount College student.

“I’m committed to ballet, to dancing… it’s what gets me up every morning,’’ she said. “I am very passionate about ballet and contemporary and feel free and at home when on the stage.”

“The Gold Coast has taught me that anything is possible. I have ambitions, I have dreams… and I’m on the way to achieving them.

“I’m so grateful for all the opportunities the Gold Coast has provided me with. There is such a rich artistic community here which has really set me up to feel like I can succeed on the global stage.”