Karratha dance scholarship a special honour

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Scholarship winner Hannah Miles, 12, and Lea Cullen Performing Arts owner Lea Cullen.
Camera IconScholarship winner Hannah Miles, 12, and Lea Cullen Performing Arts owner Lea Cullen. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

A Karratha performing arts school has created a scholarship in memory of a beloved former dance student who died of cancer earlier this year.

Dancer Hannah Miles, 12, was named the inaugural winner of the Lea Cullen Performing Arts’ Tamiya Lovell Shining Star Scholarship — which grants the winner a year’s free dance classes — in front of classmates and parents last Wednesday.

The scholarship honours former Dampier resident and Lea Cullen Performing Arts student Tamiya Lovell, 12, who danced with the school in Term 1 but died several months later after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

LCPA owner and teacher Lea Cullen said she had established the scholarship to ensure the school remembered Tamiya and her legacy.

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“She was such a beautiful part of our school and we just wanted to make sure we remembered her forever,” she said.

“We wanted to choose someone who had the qualities that Tamiya had — someone who has a beautiful big heart, who comes to the studio for the right reasons, to learn but also to pass on their knowledge... and who comes in with a beautiful big smile and works really hard.”

“That is exactly what Hannah has, her abilities are exactly the same.”

Hannah, who is an avid performer with the school, said she said she was humbled to receive the scholarship.

“It’s an honour,” she said.

“Tamiya was one of my good friends, so it means a lot.”

The scholarship will be awarded annually in the final week of dance classes at the school.

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