It’s not easy to become part of a royal family, particularly a talented royal family, but that’s just what local dancer Alana Frazier has achieved in New Zealand.
Home in Mullumbimby after a hectic week of auditions, Alana was one of 100 candidates (including 40 current family members) to try-out at the Palace Dance Studio. After a gruelling trial schedule, Alana was the only new dancer chosen for the world championship-winning Royal Family Dance Crew, a mega-crew based in Penrose, Auckland.
Now almost 21, Alana started dancing at the Brunswick Valley School of Dance with (Miss) Carly Connors when she was just four. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop and has been part of the school’s award-winning dance troupes for 10 years.
‘We are so proud of Alana,’ said BVSD principal Ruby Jeffery.
‘She has always worked hard and put every ounce of her energy into her dancing. We are looking forward to seeing what her future holds and her work with the Royal Family.’
After finishing high school at Mullum, Alana got a Diploma of Dance and a Diploma of Musical Theatre at RAW in Brisbane, and last year, she spent nine weeks in the US studying various styles of hip-hop.
Frazier decided to audition for the Royal Family in 2019 but director/choreographer Parris Goebel didn’t take on any new recruits and she came home not knowing what was next.
‘I was pretty disappointed when I didn’t make the cut last year,’ says Alana. ‘But after the auditions I was told by one of the choreographers that the biggest mistake I could make would be to not come back and try again this year. So I spent 12 months working really hard and getting new skills and I went back to Auckland in January.
‘The year in-between was so worth it. I am the only new dancer in the Family and I am just so happy to be a part of such a great dance crew. I’m really excited about moving to New Zealand and a life of full-time dance.’
Alana and the Royal Family will be touring Australia with dates in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and in Brisbane on May 21.
The Royal Family Dance Crew