Ever since I was a tiny little toddler I pranced around in fairy dresses and wanted nothing more than to dance all day. My loving mother and father helped me fulfill my big little dream by sending me off to Ballet Class. As the years went on my passion progressed untill I swore I spent more time at ballet than school, every afternoon, rehearsals all day Saturday, and competitions on the weekends.
On special occasions we were taken To the Australian Ballet at the Opera house with our teachers. By age 13, all I wanted to do was be a ballerina! A few years later, in my prime I would say - I was accepted into Joffrey Ballet school in NYC, but deferred in order to complete my schooling at Reddam House - where I had received a Performing Arts Scholarship for Dance. This meant I had the opportunity to select Dance as a subject and spend 2-3 hours each day at high school doing what I really loved, and of course learning all the Theory and History behind it too!! Then as years went by Modelling picked up, I started to dance less often and my dream of being a ballerina drifted off towards the horizon, but still lingered....
Never-ever did I ever imagine I would take a class with the Australian Ballet. Let alone have the opportunity to experience what its like Behind the curtains of the big productions! Backstage, costumes, sets and props, the dressing rooms, and all the hard work that goes into putting on a Ballet, particularly - The Nutcracker, Story of Clara at The Opera House
Early in the morning i was met by the beautiful Jasmin Durham and her friends - Coco Matheison and Jess Woods, gorgeous dancers with the Australian Ballet. Jess took me under their wing and showed me some interesting things backstage! Crates full of point shoes and tutus, wardrobe rooms collaged into a Kylie Minogue homage, Pilates rooms, gorgeously beaded gowns and more.
The finale was watching the performance - the dancers were incredible, the dresses, tutus and costumes were vivid and glittering - beautiful as ever. The story was surprisingly comical - Graeme Murphys Nutcracker takes place in Melbourne in the 50s, and follows an elderly Clara as she Dreams of her past as a Russian Ballerina, dancing the Nutcracker! A wonderfully engaging contemporary take on an otherwise tame and traditional ballet.
I want to extend a big thank you to Jasmin Durham and Joanna O'Connor for keeping my childhood dream alive !
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