Born: Windsor, England.
Trained: The Royal Ballet School, member of the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme in the 2014/15 Season.
Joined Scottish Ballet? Summer 2015, promoted to First Artist in July 2018 and to Soloist in February 2019.
Do you remember a moment when you decided or realised that you wanted to be a professional dancer?
This was a big decision for me when I was 11 years old. Up until this point I had been training in ballet and rhythmic gymnastics and absolutely loved them both. After winning many national titles in rhythmic, I had to choose between continuing to train for the Olympics and leaving home to join a vocational ballet school in the hope of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Needless to say, ballet stole my heart.
Describe something about your dancing that has changed since joining Scottish Ballet. What caused this change?
Being a tall classically trained dancer, I was used to trying to blend in at the back of the line. I spent a year with the Royal Ballet and having performed in nine classical works, I boxed myself as this type of dancer. When I joined Scottish Ballet, I was introduced to many different ways of moving and I found it incredible. I love exploring what a human body can do and trying to push myself, even if it means falling over. It's so much more fun and freeing to live outside the box.
What’s your pre-show ritual?
I always take half an hour down time to eat and chat with my friends and possibly a quick board game. Then the preparation begins with make up and hair before popping down to the stage for a quick warm up and final practice. I bring my speakers everywhere on tour so I'm also known as the dressing rooming DJ, slowly pumping everyone up for the show.
Are there any dancers or artists that inspire you?
Zenaida Yanowsky has always been an inspiration to me. She is also a tall dancer, so she was a great role model showing me that height doesn't have to be a negative, you can use it to be unique. During my time at the Royal Ballet, we worked together a lot and not only was she amazing on stage, she was one of the most lovely people I've met.
What are a few words that would describe your personality in the studio?
Determined - I love working hard and pushing myself when I find something challenging. Supportive - The feeling you get when we all pull together in group works or when you see someone accomplish something new, I feel so proud and will always cheer them on. Always up for a laugh - I love a giggle in the studio, especially when I fall over or my body does something weird without listening to my brain. We spend 38+ hours a week in a studio so we have to have fun.
What has been a highlight of your time with Scottish Ballet?
The last couple of months from the previous season were unforgettable. Taking Highland Fling to the Highlands and Islands was like a dream. We had the best time performing this piece together in some of the most beautiful places I've seen. I then followed this by performing my favourite role, Witch in Hansel & Gretel, while touring in Asia. I mean, we actually get paid to do what we love!
What’s your favourite thing about Scotland?
We live in a city that has everything you could wish for and yet within a half hour journey you can be in the beautiful peaceful countryside. I can't wait to explore even more of Scotland and its magical charm.