Candice embarks on the famous ballet academy
By Abbey Cannan
Two broken wrists couldn’t stop a Noosaville ballet dancer from stepping off the stage, and now the talented 15-year-old has made her way to an acclaimed Russian ballet academy.
Noosa Professional Dance Academy dancer Candice Desilets has been accepted to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia.
The acclaimed academy has produced some of the most accomplished stars of the current generation, including Natalia Osipova, Alexei Ratmansky and Polina Semionova.
With nearly 250 years of history, the Academy’s program and pedagogy are recognized for their focus on strength, musicality, clarity of technique and personal expression.
Candice was only three years old when a dance teacher in South Africa told her mother, Diane Desilets, that she had potential.
Traveling to Russia at the age of 12, Candice’s goal was set after seeing some of the world’s best dancers perform on stage.
“I did a bit of training in Russia but with a different academy and I just saw the different level of technique,” said Candice.
“We had to film a video audition and after that they asked for more details and then you have to do full medical reports and exams.
“I was overjoyed when I was accepted, but friends also told me I had a chance to enter. “
Not your expected dance mom, Diane said she was just proud of her daughter for following her dream.
“We want to thank the Noosa Professional Dance Academy and all the teachers for their support,” said Diane.
“There are always hiccups along the way, but she’s doing exceptionally well. “
Those hiccups include an accident earlier this year where Candice fell from a height of three meters and broke both wrists, but even that couldn’t stop her from taking the stage.
“I was a little nervous dancing in a cast knowing that if I fell I could injure myself more,” Candice said.
“But I just had to remember that I had never fallen without the cast, so I wouldn’t fall with it.”
Growing up traveling abroad, the confident, yet calm and humble teenager was not at all concerned about moving to Russia on her own.
In a normal year before the pandemic, the Desilets family would divide their time between South Africa, Australia, sailing the Mediterranean and traveling to Europe, during which Candice could not spend so many time to train.
“I kind of adapted to the constant change growing up, so I’m mostly just excited,” she said.
“Excitement trumps all negativity.
“I have danced there before and everything was very well maintained and the cities have a great history.
“I’m going to start in January and vacation is in June, so it’s a six month program, and then if you’re invited again it’s another three years.”
Candice said she liked the precision required for ballet.
“Ballet is a good form of discipline and there is so much hard work and control going into it,” she said.
During her stay, Candice will train six days a week and will have to learn the Russian language.
“They only speak Russian at the Academy and the schedules are written in Russian,” Candice said.
“You have to learn Russian in the first six months, otherwise you can’t stay. “
The dedicated dancer said her dream goal was to dance at the Mariinsky Theater or the Bolshoi Theater.
“However, otherwise any European country would be great,” Candice said.
She worked so hard to get to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and now the real work will begin.