ON HER WAY: Jordan O’Davis is one of the youngest students to have been accepted into the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association’s dance college. – Picture by Peter StoopABORIGINAL dancer Jordan O’Davis may be one of the youngest performers to be accepted into the NAISDA Dance College, but she still values tradition.
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The 15-year-old from Whitebridge will start a four-year diploma at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association’s dance college on the Central Coast in February.

She joins an elite group of about three students who have been accepted at such a young age in the school’s 36-year history.

‘‘Performing traditional dance makes me feel proud of my culture and it’s different to most dancing, which is also good,’’ Jordan said.

The niece of former Knights star Robbie O’Davis, Jordan began performing Aboriginal dance through a dance troupe at the Hunter School of Performing Arts three years ago.

Despite also being trained in contemporary, hip hop and ballet, Jordan has set her sights on the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

‘‘She joins a short list of students who have been accepted this young,’’ NAISDA dance co-ordinator Raymond Blanco said.