I am ex-ballerina, an education policy advisor, a Barre teacher, a mother 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 forced with frightening speed into the ‘normal world’ – a world I had barely inhabited. I turned my devastation into energy and direction, gaining entry into the University of Melbourne to undertake a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/History), 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 consulting for young dancers around how to go about getting a job. Using the skills, knowledge and experience I have gathered during my two very different professional careers, I can help you approach your entry into the professional ballet world with clarity, confidence and direction.