He may only be 17-years-old, but in the ballet world Harrison Lee is already a force to be reckoned with.
Dance is a part of who I am, it gives me such an indescribable feeling that is hard to explain.Harrison Lee
The teenager from Castle Hill has won not one, but two prestigious ballet competitions including the Youth America Grand Prix and the Prix de Lausanne.
To add to his list of accolades, last month he was presented with a Mayoral Commendation Award for his service to the ballet community by Hills mayor Yvonne Keane.
“I felt humbled when I was told about the award, I really wasn’t aware that my achievements in ballet were noticed at home,” Harrison said.
“It’s really special to be singled out and recognised for something you love by your community leaders.”
Harrison left home at the age of 16 and has been perfecting his ballet technique at The Royal Ballet School in London, England for almost two years.
His mother Cindy said the family are all very proud of how hard Harrison has worked and how committed he is.
“Recently we were thrilled to watch Harrison perform in a lead role with his school to a full house at The Royal Opera House in London,” she said.
“It was a heartfelt moment for us to see our son doing what he loves and then to hear the ovation he received from the audience – something we will never forget.”
At the age of six, the winner of the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship was dragged unwillingly into his sister’s first dance class by his grandmother after refusing to watch.
But once the music started to play, Harrison’s whole mood changed and he began tapping his feet along to the rhythmic beats.
He then marched over to the dance teacher and asked to join in on the class.
Eleven years on and Harrison hasn’t looked back.
“My goal has always been to try and make a career in ballet,” the talented dancer said.
“It’s still my main focus, it’s what I’ve been training for and I’m hoping to audition for a number of ballet companies later in the year.
“I’m so thankful for all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had.”