By Shelby Brooks

A SIXTEEN-year-old Korumburra ballet dancer is heading to Queensland to pursue his dream of dance.

Azari Hancock has been accepted into the prestigious Queensland Ballet Academy, a full-time ballet training school in Brisbane.

The flexible 16-year-old only started dancing four years ago.

“I’m a bit nervous, but excited at where it could lead,” he said

Azari is heading to Brisbane this week to settle in and will begin the course at the start of the school term later this month.

“I think it will be a lot harder than I actually think it will,” he said.

Azari is somewhat of a prodigy, having only started dancing four years ago at the age of 12.

“I’m very nervous and shy so it was a big thing [trying dance] because it was out of my comfort zone,” he said.

“Ballet and dance helps me cope with everything.

“You forget everything when you dance and feel really calm.”

But clearly over those four years of dance at Lisa Pellin Dancers in Leongatha, Azari has worked hard and discovered a natural talent for dance, particularly ballet.

“I started with tap, jazz and ballet. I wasn’t that good at tap, but ballet felt more natural,” he said.

While he is undecided about what his ultimate dance goal is, it seems as long as he is dancing, he’ll be happy.

“I’ll wait and see where this brings me,” Azari said.

The Queensland Ballet is under the artistic direction of Chinese-Australian ballet dancer Li Cunxin, author of the well-known biography and feature film, Mao’s Last Dancer.

Azari said he was thrilled to soon be dancing under Cunxin’s tutelage.

“He is such a big person in the ballet world. It’s a massive honour,” he said.