I am ex-ballerina, an education policy advisor, a Barre teacher, a TODDLER-MUM and a believer in setting big goals and working towards them with open eyes.
I see my adult life as existing in two parts – ballet and after-ballet. For more about that, see below.
From age 16, I undertook four years of full-time classical ballet training in Melbourne, Australia, after which I gained my first professional contract with Alberta Ballet. A determined, single-minded 19-year old, I packed my bags and moved to Canada to begin my career. After one season, I decided to aim for a contract with a larger, more classical company in Europe, and so went on an audition tour, securing a demi-soloist contract with Zurich Ballet.
Under the directorship of Heinz Spoerli, I toured throughout Europe and Asia, dancing the ‘tutu ballets’ I had always dreamt of; including Swan Lake, the Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker and Don Quixote, as well as numerous contemporary works by European and American choreographers. Daily, I felt the satisfaction of practicing my art as my profession and put my body, heart and soul into being the best that I could be.
When an injury ended my career, I was quickly forced into the ‘normal world’ – a world I barely knew. I turned my devastation into energy and direction, gaining entry into the University of Melbourne to undertake a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), and followed it with a Master of Social Work (Counselling).
During my studies I kept connected to ballet through teaching, leading the adult ballet program in schools Melbourne and Singapore, as well as coaching pre-professional classical ballet students in classwork, pointe, floor barre and repertoire. I loved the process of passing on the exceptional training I had received as a student, and gained great satisfaction from working with elite students who were on the cusp of a professional career.
This exposure brought to light the need for specific, tailored support for young dancers outside the studio. I am now in the unique position of having an intimate understanding of the professional dance industry which I combine with the skills, knowledge and experience I have gathered since, during my university education and professional career. Using this, I support and empower young dancers through guidance, mentoring and coaching to be their best inside the studio, understand the demands of the industry, and be strategic about seeking professional employment when their training is finished.