Born: London, England
Trained: The Royal Ballet School, London
Joined Scottish Ballet: July 2016, promoted to First Artist in February 2019
Do you remember a moment when you realised you wanted to be a dancer?
It’s hard to pinpoint one moment really. I don’t have a memory of a particular moment of realisation, especially not from such a young age. I’m always amazed when people say they knew they wanted to be a dancer from the moment they watched their first ballet at 4 years old!... I think I mostly just wanted a tutu to dress up in then! For me, I simply remember that I just wanted to dance around at that age (whether to The Nutcracker or to some Tavares) but of course you don’t really know what it means to be a dancer when you’re that young, or if you’re even aware that it is a real life job being executed by humans and not a fairytale! I learned more & more about the world of ballet as I grew up, as I danced more often and as I performed in the London Children’s Ballet as a young girl and then I went to full-time ballet school. I suppose it is a bit like a fairytale actually, plus a lot of hard work and some blood, sweat & tears! But without a doubt, it is very special to find a hobby that you love, for it to become a passion that you get to train, develop & fulfill and then for it to become your job.
What’s your pre-show ritual?
It will depend on the role I’m performing, as different roles require different sorts of preparation. But it will always start with a good ballet class to prepare my body for the day ahead, I’ll then check my pointe shoes are prepared & just as I need them for the performance, hydrate and get some food in to give me the energy I need for the show, do my makeup & hair, put on some good tunes & often have a bit of a boogie in the dressing room to get the good vibes (and my heart rate!) going, re-warmup the body (especially the ankles & feet) and get into costume. Getting into costume always helps me to inhabit my character. And then it’s show time!
What attracted you to Scottish Ballet?
As soon as I entered the Scottish Ballet building, I was struck by the amazing atmosphere; positive, hard-working, exciting, friendly, and good-humoured. This comes from the fantastic people who work here and create such an inviting workplace.
We also are lucky to have such an awesome base at Tramway; we have great facilities and beautiful studios. I love the architecture & design here, both inside and outside the building. And the fact that there is always something going on in Tramway to see, from exhibitions to live performances and film screenings, makes it a really dynamic & artistic place to be based.
Are there any dancers or artists that inspire you?
The lovely Sophie Martin has a totally unique way of moving that is so captivating and unlike any other dancer I’ve ever watched. I remember watching her dance for the first time in rehearsal for David Dawson’s Swan Lake; it was like seeing a beautiful and extremely rare creature in the wild that I couldn’t tear my eyes away from - I felt lucky to be witnessing that moment.
I’m also inspired by the artist France-Lise McGurn; through her work she captures movement so effortlessly and elegantly, evokes feelings and a sense of intimacy between her art and the viewer and she has the ability to create an entrancing atmosphere that draws you deep into a gallery space and holds you there, totally absorbed in her art.
What are a few words that would describe your personality in the studio?
Intuitive, passionate, thoughtful, humorous