Where were you born?
Where did you train?
I was trained from birth by my mother Janet Viola in many forms of dance and music including tap, ballet and jazz and contemporary, and went on to full time training in 2001 at The Arts Educational School Tring Park, as well as receiving two years of musical training in 2006/07 at the Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, with the Junior Conservatoire as a woodwind specialist.
I focused on classical ballet in winter of 2007 at The Central School of Ballet in London and toured with the school's graduate company Ballet Central in 2007/08 as a Foundation student, and in 2008/09 as a Degree Student where I was given great opportunities to dance roles in new works as well as in established repertoire from great choreographers including; Christopher Gable’s Five Lullabies, Richard Alston’s Brisk Singing, Matthew Hart’s Whodunit?, Matthew Bourne’s Cygnets and David Bintley Flowers of the Forest.
When did you join Scottish Ballet?
I joined Scottish Ballet for the Company’s winter season in 2009 after graduating from Central with a BA hons Degree that July, and joined the Company permenantly in August 2010. I was promoted to First Artist in 2014 and to Soloist in 2016.
Why did you become a dancer?
I grew up around dance, music and theatre; with my mother putting on shows and teaching ballet, tap and modern to children and adults of all ages and ability since before I was born. Although I also played rugby, football and cricket and was encouraged to follow a career in anything I liked, I decided from a young age to dance, play music and become a performer like my mother before me. I have always been happiest when on stage and entertaining others!