Sankara Stromei is Dance Writer’s youngest ambassador at just seven-years-old and has already expanded herself in various extension programs and competition teams to help develop her as a dancer. Sankara trains at The Dream Academy, Tullamarine in Victoria. After only 18-months of dance education in the styles of acrobatics, ballet, jazz and tap, Sankara has developed a strong dance repertoire. Dance Writer accepted Sankara as an ambassador due to her bubbly nature and her love for dance. Big sister Ayshia-Mila is also by her side as an ambassador, guiding Sankara every step of the way. “Thank you, Jessica, for choosing me as your youngest ambassador, I’m so excited! Jess is so kind and warm and fits into my dance family perfectly.” Sankara recently participated in a photoshoot at Divadance Photography as part of her role as an ambassador. Despite being younger than all the other ambassadors, Sankara has achieved to be on the same level and calibre, which is a true testament to her maturity at the mere age of seven. “I felt really at home during the photoshoot; all my dance friends and Jessica were so encouraging. I loved being with them all and had fun taking photos together with Jessica and the other ambassadors,” Sankara told Dance Writer. “We laughed and giggled lots and captured some beautiful photos.” “I also really loved receiving my Dance Writer t-shirt! It looks cool and I can’t wait to start wearing it all the time,” added Sankara. Sankara was successful in her audition for Dr Lisa Ellis’ Dance Prescription Mini’s this year. The exclusive and highly sought-after training program focuses on pairing safe dance practice with technical execution to the highest standard. Known as ‘Mouse’ to all her Dance Prescription friends, Sankara is a stand out in the Mini’s group for her determination and talent. “My friends are all of different ages, age makes no difference at Dance Prescription. Everyone is so kind regardless of their age. Dr Lisa is always so kind and encouraging!” Sankara was accepted into the acrobatic competition team, making her the youngest member of the team by a mile. Her acrobatic ability and flexibility have improved out of sight since being on the team, where she holds her own alongside some of the strongest acrobatic students at the studio. Sankara also auditioned for the ‘Mini’ competition team and plays the role of the Cheshire Cat in the team’s, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ piece. “It is so much fun to get into our characters, everyone plays their role so well.” Sankara also began competing as a soloist this year. She performs her ‘Seussical’ musical theatre solo and has only ever placed in the top two at all of her competitions to date. She also loves acting and performing, so the piece is a perfect fit for her. “I love acting and dancing in my solo, I love my hair and costume, I always have so much fun performing for the judge and the audience,” little Sankara smiled. “Tayla Blake, my coach is always by my side at everything dance, she’s such an inspiration.” Tayla said, “She’s tiny but will never shy away from challenges. Not once has the fact she’s so much younger than everyone else in the room stopped her from giving everything a go.” “Even when she performs on stage, she will go into her zone and prepare like someone well beyond her years would. The little Mouse also has a super cute and charismatic personality too!” Tayla laughed.