Dance Writer Australia’s young ambassador at only 10-years-old Lani Hirst has already scooped up professional credits to her name including being cast as leads in short films and music video clips, plus modelling at fashion shows.
Lani Hirst has been dancing at her local studio Casey Priddle Dancers in Chelsea Heights since 2012. She has improved her dance technique greatly by involving herself in many extra-curricular activities as possible. Lani’s audition for the highly acclaimed dance program Dr. Lisa Ellis’ Dance Prescription was successful in July this year, where she learned how to self-develop her craft by using goal-orientated practices. From this experience alone, she has progressed in leaps and bounds during competition season with winnings and placings.
“Dr Lisa is not looking for the best dancer, she is looking for the dancer she can improve and who has determination…I’m so honoured to be in Dance Prescription!” Lani spoke.
Another credit this year has been modelling Pink Lemon Dancewear for Kidz Fashion Week at Malvern Town Hall. Lani strutted her stuff by twirling and even doing aerials on the catwalk. She has also done various modelling jobs for brands due to her confidence on the runway.
“Kidz Fashion Week was awesome. I loved everything about it—hair, makeup, hanging out with friends and stepping on to stage for the first time!” cried Lani.
If you think all this is enough to keep a 10-year-old girl preoccupied, think again. Lani has even starred as a lead in a music video for one of the most iconic Australian singers, Kasey Chambers. The singer’s early 2017 released single ‘Satellite’ involved Lani to be covered from head to toe in bronze makeup, playing a statue that comes to life. She and a boy her age played two characters in love, jumping over one another and playing in the statue courtyard before turning back to stone. This role gave Lani the confidence to audition for more acting roles, which eventually led her to land a lead in a short film after doing extra work in movies.
Lani had a self-test and three successful auditions for the lead role of Ali in a short film ‘Dad’. She spent three long days filming and making up dances on set. The film is soon to be released, which will undoubtedly be up for awards at festivals next year.
“Shooting the movie was cool, I loved playing the character of Ali,” said Lani. “I had lots of fun acting, making up dances on set and singing random songs in between scenes with some of the crew.”
Lani’s dancing and singing technique have come a long way since taking up training with the National Institute of Performing Arts (NIPA) last year. Focused on providing a professional performing arts experience to children and adults, NIPA offers private coaching and group workshops to hone technique and performance expression. Lani has been undertaking private vocal training as well as acrobatic and jazz skills training.
While she is busy living life as a young performer, Lani also delivers awesome leadership skills at school. Lani was elected as ‘Make A Difference’ Leader at her primary school this year, helping create fundraisers to assist in areas of need, such as child poverty. Most recently, Lani performed a solo using her own choreography in Dance Writer’s charity gala ‘Letters & Motion,’ where proceeds went to the non-for-profit organisation beyondblue.
Dance Writer has welcomed Lani as an ambassador with open arms. She has taken part in several photoshoots at Diva Dance Photography and has endorsed the brand via her social media channels.
“I really like being an ambassador because I love reading, writing and dancing! That is what Dance Writer is about!” Lani smiled.