Trained in: Bundaberg Queensland (Australia), Cecchetti Syllabus - Enrico Cecchetti Diploma, Australian Ballet School - Diploma in Dance, Queensland University of Technology - Masters of Fine Arts (Dance)
My first lead role in a contemporary ballet was a major highlight, the ballet was titled "Savage Earth" choreographed by Pamela Buckman, it was an incredibly challenging role due to the intensity and physical complexities of the piece. It was performed in Queensland Ballet's International Gala, with many leading dancers performing from different companies, as a young dancer it was inspiring to view such talented artists and to be having a major role was an incredible bonus.
Favorite dancer/choreographer/company: Steven McRae would be one of my favourite dancers, although not a tall man he exudes charm on stage which is complimented by his beautifully clean technique. My two favourite choreographers would have to be Crystal Pite (from Victoria originally) and Natalie Weir (From Australia/Expressions Dance Company). They are two female choreographers that have such intelligent choreography that touches the soul with depth that they are able to encompass in their storytelling. One of my favourite companies would be Dutch National Ballet. Every production they produce is of high calibre and so incredible to see their depth of talent within the company.
If I weren't a dance professional: I have always wanted to be in the theatre world from a very young age so it is hard to imagine another career path. I have a great interest in photography so possibly photojournalist could have been a option.
Favourite post-class meal: I do love a good burger and salty fries but have to be selective how often I indulge in that :)
Why I teach: I have had so many incredible experiences in the theatre world and met so many beautiful artists, i would like to pass even just a snippet of these experiences on to the next generation of dancers to inspire them to achieve their dreams.
Best advice for up and coming dance professionals: Always stay positive as you never know when an opportunity will arise, it seems to happen in the most unexpected of times. Also to have patience with what we do as becoming a dancer is a slow and very individual process.