SUITE: Chloe Hollow in rehearsals for Byron Ballet's The Nutcracker.
SUITE: Chloe Hollow in rehearsals for Byron Ballet's The Nutcracker. Clinton Hart

Chloe realises her dream of starring in The Nutcracker

CHLOE Hollow has dreamed of dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker since the age of eight, when she first performed as a tiny angel in the fairytale ballet.

Next week the Clunes 14-year-old will realise her dream when she takes centre-stage as the female lead in Byron Ballet's production of Nutcracker.

It's the perfect end to what Chloe describes as "an incredible year", including winning a recent scholarship to study in France at the renowned Rosella Hightower School.

Chloe was also accepted into the Queensland Ballet Company's junior program for talented dancers earlier this year.

She says being given the role of Clara at just 14 is an amazing opportunity.

"I love the acting involved in it," she said.

"I really connect to the character as she experiences her first love."

Chloe will share the role with guest artist Rachel Bevan, from Sydney, who is returning for her second appearance with Byron Ballet.

The company's artistic director, Yvonne Hall, says she's also thrilled to have cast award-winning male dancers in the lead role of the Prince.

Shriram Shastri, originally from Murwillumbah, has recently been awarded a professional training year with a renowned Australian company for 2014.

He'll be joined by guest artist Rory Ferguson, who has just returned from Europe.

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