Catching up with Ella McMillan

Posted on: 4/7/2017 4:15AM

2016 Energetiks and Dance Informa Model Search Winner modelling Oriental BloomLast year, young Ella McMillan of Victoria was named the 2016 Energetiks and Dance Informa Model Search Winner. Out of hundreds of entrants from all across Australia, McMillan was selected to receive a photo shoot with the leading dancewear company, $250 of Energetiks products, and the chance to star on the October cover of Dance Informa Magazine.


Now Dance Informa and Energetiks have teamed up again to offer a 2017 Model Search Contest. Australian dancers aged 13 years and older can apply at


Almost a year after her big win, McMillan reflected on what the opportunity awarded her. For one, she loved being involved in the Oriental Bloom campaign.


She said, “It is such a pretty collection. The team at Energetiks are so much fun to work with and really made me feel comfortable. Working with Energetiks has been my first experience in modelling but I am definitely looking forward to more experiences.”


As part of her prize package, she was able to attend the Energetiks Victorian Dance Festival for free this year. She said, “VDF was amazing – I loved every second of it! Dancing with so many people who share a love of dance was inspiring. It didn't matter if you were a beginner or a professional we were all out there together. It was definitely a beneficial experience.”


2016 Energetiks and Dance Informa Model Search Winner modelling Oriental BloomOnly 13 years old when she won, McMillan said being named the model search winner definitely gave her the “confidence to give anything a go.”


She shared, “I entered without a thought that I could possibly win so I'm going to make the most of every opportunity. It is a great achievement for my resume so hopefully it will help to open some doors in the future.”


When asked why young dancers should be sure to apply for the current 2017 Energetiks DI Model Search, McMillan explained how “it's an honour to be a part of this amazing brand.”


She encouraged those on the fence about entering to definitely apply! “It has been the best experience and a little surreal at times,” she concluded.


Learn more about Ella McMillan in her Dance Informa October 2016 Cover Article at



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