Born: Sydney, Australia
Trained: Tanya Pearson's Classical Training Academy, Royal Ballet Upper School
Joined Scottish Ballet: August 2013, promoted to Soloist in February 2019, to Principal in December 2019.
Tell us little bit about when you started dancing.
I started ballet when I was 7 years old. I had been doing gymnastics since the age of 5 and the instructor noticed that I was especially fond of the floor, rhythmic and tumbling exercises. He suggested to my parents that they try me in dance as well as gymnastics. Around this time, we went on a holiday with family friends. I was jumping over large puddles with my friend and his mother, a ballet enthusiast, started nagging my mother to enrol me in ballet classes, insisting I try a few classes. She even went as far as to enquire about ballet schools in Sydney and sent all the info through to my mum! Eventually, I did try a class and I was hooked forever on what was to become my passion.
Do you remember a moment when you decided or realised that you wanted to be a professional dancer?
The moment I realised I wanted to be a professional dancer was when I was 14. I competed in the Youth America Grand Prix in New York and dancing in front of an international audience and seeing all the talented dancers gave me a thrill and an excitement I never felt before and I knew I wanted to keep doing it as job.
Describe something about your dancing that has changed since joining Scottish Ballet. What caused this change?
When I first joined Scottish Ballet I came straight from school and I still didn’t really know myself as a dancer. Scottish Ballet has given me the freedom to test things out in my dancing through different dance styles and choreography and that has helped me so much in finding my own style and way of moving.
What’s your pre-show ritual?
Before a show I usually go down to the stage when it becomes available and do a barre and a quick warm-up so my body is ready for the show. Then I go back to the dressing room and do my hair and make up and check my costumes and then head back down to the stage about 15 minutes before curtain up to practise or go over corrections.
Are there any dancers or artists that inspire you?
There are many dancers but a few are Marianlea Núñez, Rudolph Nureyev, Baryshnikov and also my colleagues at Scottish Ballet.
A few words that would describe your personality in the studio?
I’d like to think I’m calm, positive, supportive and have a good energy in the studio.
What has been a highlight of your time with Scottish Ballet so far?
There have been many highlights with Scottish Ballet but one of them has to be performing at the Royal Opera House in London.
What’s your favourite thing about Scotland?
My favourite thing about Scotland is how beautiful the country is. You can drive 45 minutes out of a city and see the most stunning scenery in the world.