FORMER Mildura resident, and internationally-renowned dancer, Eleanor Freeman, will be at the Mildura Arts Centre tonight as part of an ‘In Conversation’ series from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

The series provides a chance for Sunraysia residents to hear first-hand accounts from those who have succeeded in the arts, all in an intimate and personal setting.

Eleanor was born in Melbourne, and moved to Mildura as a one-year-old. Her dancing career began at the Mildura Ballet and Dance Guild at age five, with her dancing skills improving under the tutelage of Janine Kerr.

At 16, Eleanor continued her studies in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

“I completed my VCE majoring in dance,” Eleanor, 26, said. “I was in home stay with a family and went to school and dance lessons each day.”

In 2011, Eleanor joined the Queensland Ballet Company as a trainee dancer and in 2012 was promoted to company dancer.

“My time as a trainee dancer was kind of like an apprenticeship,” she said. “At the end of my training I was offered a job with the company.”

Eleanor joined the Ballet de Staatsoper, in Hanover Germany, in August last year as a soloist dancer.

“I have always wanted to live overseas, it’s the next step, the next thing to do and I’m really happy I made the move,” Eleanor said.

For more information about the free event, contact Mildura Arts Centre on 5018 8330 or visit milduraartscentre.com.au.