Performing artist and aspiring dancer
Drew Holloway came to Darwin High School with his sight set firmly on a career in dance and placement at the internationally recognised West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
Outside of his love of dance, Drew was also a member of the Darwin High School Concert Band and the school Leadership Group and volunteered his time at many community events. Drew was recognised as a recipient of the Royal Australian Regiment Award for Civic Duty and Representation in Commemoration Events at the schools 2019 Presentation Night. He credits time management as the secret to his success in his final year of study.
Drew Holloway and Alanah Hardy representing Darwin High School at the 2019 ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
Drew credits Darwin High School for the opportunity to explore his love of dance.
It was no secret to anyone at Darwin High that Dance was my favourite subject. I grew up dancing from a young age and I wanted dance to be my career and DHS’s Dance Program offered me the best chance at succeeding. Along with the brilliant teachers Sarah Calver and Julia Quinn, dance became another family for me. Not only did they provide me with many opportunities to perform and work, they passed on their knowledge and understanding of dance to me. I think the reason why dance felt different compared to the other subjects which I also loved, was that instead of feeling like I was being taught, I felt as though I was being nurtured and mentored towards my career pathway as both my teachers had been in the field that I wished to enter.
I think the most challenging part of year 12 for me, was realising that some things are not worth the stress. This wasn't always easy - as a lot of the things that caused stress were the things and people that I loved. So, finding a way to self manage my stress and let go of some of those things (especially in year 12) was a tough thing to do.