She’s just 10-years-old, but Victoria’s Ayshia-Mila Stromei has more championship titles and scholarships to her name than most other girls her age.

Ayshia-Mila has only been dancing for four years, and now has a reputation as being one of the strongest Victorian dancers in her age group. She trains during the week at The Dream Academy in Williamstown and Tullamarine. Her hard work seems to have paid off as she was awarded a full scholarship at The Dream Academy for 2017. Ayshia-Mila competes as a soloist and in multiple troupes; this along with her additional scholarship classes have greatly contributed to her performance, technical skills and her overall development.

Ayshia-Mila Stromei is only 10-years-old and is already a rising star. © Diva Dance Photography.

On top of her regular dance classes and competition training, Ayshia-Mila also trains with Dr Lisa Ellis at Dance Prescription.  Dr Lisa Ellis has created a highly regarded, audition-only dance program that provides expert approaches to safe dance practice.  Dance Prescription helps me to learn different techniques so I can be a better dancer,” says Ayshia-Mila. Dr Lisa has recently asked Ayshia-Mila to be a workshop assistant where she has the opportunity to travel and assist her in ‘Just what the Doctor Ordered’ workshops. Her little sister Sankara Stromei—also a brilliant young dancer in her own right—trains alongside her in the younger section of Dance Prescription called ‘Dance Prescription Mini’s.’ “I hope Sankara looks up to me,” Ayshia-Mila added, laughing.

Dr Lisa Ellis from Dance Prescription with Ayshia-Mila.

Ayshia-Mila recently travelled to Sydney to participate in the NRG Competition & Convention, she took part in professional workshops with internationally recognised choreographers and also competed in the competition element of the weekend. Workshops involved auditioning for various NRG Scholarships, with her excellent ability to pick up choreography quickly, it was no surprise she took out the highest award in her age group. Ayshia-Mila received the ‘NRG Year Round Scholarship’ which allows her to participate at no cost at all future NRG events. In addition, she has a spot in ‘The NRGies’ at the National Finals in Washington DC this year. Ayshia-Mila said humbly, “It was super fun, I got to try some new styles and grew so much as a dancer!”

It is clear Ayshia-Mila is getting noticed around town. She was recently announced as an Ambassador for Inspire Dancewear, a well-known dance apparel store, which she was selected out of over 200 budding young dancers, enabling her to model & promote labels stocked by the store.  On top of this, Dance Writer has just accepted Ayshia-Mila as a foundational ambassador for Australia. “I’m super excited!” she said about becoming an ambassador for Dance Writer, acting as a role model for other dancers her age. 

Ayshia-Mila in a ballet tutu. © Diva Dance Photography.

Part of her success could be to due to her positive outlook toward dance. Ayshia-Mila believes that ‘practice makes perfect.’ She said, “It’s basically practice and never giving up. Working hard & staying humble is key.”  Her mother Lidia Stromei plays an instrumental part in her daughter’s dancing and it is clear Ayshia-Mila appreciates all of her mother’s support. “She is very patient with me and tells me the truth about how my dancing is going,” Ayshia-Mila said, smiling. Ayshia-Mila’s dance friends are also a big part of her life. “They are playful, fun—not mean, and encouraging…always open to give you a hug,” she told Dance Writer.

At The Dream Academy, her dance coach Tayla Blake, who is a true inspiration to Ayshia-Mila, is there every step of the way. “Ayshia-Mila is an example of a student you look forward to teaching. We both often have the same creative visions. It’s like a little unspoken language where we know what direction we’re headed without speaking,” Tayla said. She’s entering the Kelley Abbey Choreographic Competition, which both Stromei sisters have successfully auditioned to be a part of, which could see them back in Sydney in September to compete in the finals.

Coach Tayla Blake is always supportive of her students, including Ayshia-Mila.

You can see Ayshia-Mila perform a solo at the ‘Act Now, Speak Later’ Fundraising event on July 5 at 5:30pm. The event is held at Showbiz Performing Arts Studio, 523 Keilor Rd, Niddrie, Melbourne, Victoria. All proceeds raised goes towards cancer research and supports families struggling with cancer. Please support Act Now, Speak Later and come along!

Ayshia-Mila is certainly an up-and-coming talent in the dance industry.  Considering her successes at 10-years-old, just imagine what her future holds.