Billy Elliot eat your heart out!

​Treading the boards of Melbourne’s historic State Theatre has been a lifelong dream for Nathan Pavey, who finished Year 12 at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School last year.


That dream has become a reality for Nathan, a gifted dancer, who is currently starring in the international production of West Side Story, one of the most popular musicals of all time.

“I’m currently playing the role of Snowboy in the Australian and international tour of West Side Story,” Nathan explained. “It’s very much a singing, dancing, acting extravaganza. It’s such an iconic piece of theatre, and to be part of it is amazing.”

Nathan, originally hails from Corowa in NSW, and still considers himself a country boy at heart, was conferred a Premier’s VCE Award on June 3 this year, for his outstanding achievement in VCE VET Dance.

He was one of 290 students from across the state to be recognised for their success in VCE, and is particularly proud of the fact that his achievement is outside the traditional academic box.

“Being recognised for a Premier’s VCE Award is such a huge honour, and I think it’s really special it’s in a field that I’m so passionate about,” he explained.

“(Dancing) is not often considered by the general public to be a feasible career path. I think it’s nice to show people that it is.”