DAISY Valerio has long entertained a dream of being a world-class musical theatre performer.
The kind of triple-threat singer, actor and dancer that wows audiences and critics alike.
Now that Daisy's been selected as part of the Glee Club Australia's Talent Development Program, that dream is now becoming a reality.
Daisy, 16, joined the Dance Dynamics Theatrical and Performance School in Byron Bay five years ago when her family moved to the town. She has since worked hard and been focused in her training.
When the chance to apply for the Glee Club Program came along, Daisy jumped at it.
"I spent a week at the Glee Club Boot Camp earlier this year and loved it," said Daisy. "The atmosphere was overwhelming and inspiring. I got to experience working under professional conditions with talented teachers and enthusiastic performers. It was rewarding and addictive."
Daisy's selection in the Glee Club Program - a highly competitive program organised through the Australian Institute for Performing Arts - will take her to the US later this year.
There she will attend master classes, seminars and rehearsals each day, as well as performing 16 shows with the cast of Glee Club Australia at Disneyland, Universal Studios and Hollywood Boulevard, and represent Australia at the LA International Music Festival.
She will also have the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and musical and casting directors, including those who work on the award-winning TV show Glee.
Principal of Dance Dynamics, Kate Histon, is immensely proud of Daisy's achievement.
"Daisy is such a passionate, talented and self-motivated student," Kate said.
"She researched this all herself and is making the most of this tremendous opportunity. It's impressive to see someone so young taking charge of her future."
Daisy is trying to raise funds for the US tour. If you would like to find out how you can support her, go to daisyvalerio.wix. com/daisy-valerio