Young dancer is living his dream

TWENTY-year-old Penrith dancer Libby Montilla has been touring Australia with Shaun Parker's production of Happy as Larry, which ends its season at Sydney's Seymour Centre this Saturday.

The piece, which is all dance and no dialogue, has a cast of nine characters, each of whom reflects some aspect of the human condition.

"My character is The Observer, the one with the ball who sees everything that goes on," Montilla said.

"I spin the ball, which is like me trying to hold the world together."

Montilla said that once the production was finished, he would go back to writing songs with the Rewind Music Group.

His songs include Better Man, Mistake, Wake Me Up and Be My Lady.

But Montilla hopes to be dancing again soon.

"Ever since I was a boy my dream was to be a performer," he said.

"My parents said I should get a proper career, but they didn't give up on me wanting this."

He said he agreed with them to the extent that he should qualify for something other than dancing or songwriting.

"That's why I'm going to study business or law next year," he said.

"But my heart is still set on being a dancer and a performer.

"I love to captivate the audience and inspire them.

"Showing something to people could change their lives."

Montilla said that those who wanted to chase their dreams should do so, but that it was wise to have a "Plan B", as he does.

"Even if you're not getting paid for performing, you're getting experience," he said.

"For now, though, I have a dancing career."

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