Biography

Born: Queensland, Australia

Trained: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Joined Scottish Ballet: 2016

Other Companies: Queensland Ballet

Two words to describe Mia: Determined and bubbly

When did you start dancing?
I joined a dance school when I was four years old with my six sisters. I remember being the first one out of all of us to really love ballet.

Do you remember a moment when you realised you wanted to be a professional dancer?
I remember falling in love with a performance by Queensland Ballet of Sleeping Beauty. The way everyone moved and the beautiful costumes are what lured me in. At school the next day I couldn't stop telling my friends how amazing it was and that, one day, I wanted to be apart of it.

Something about your dancing that has changed since joining Scottish Ballet?
Gyrotonics!! It has changed the way I work and the way I view my body for the better. Gyrotonics is a method of training that targets strength, balance, and flexibility. With qualified trainers, we do exercises tailored to the needs of their own bodies.

What's your pre-show ritual?
For my body - I always do Pilates or a mild work-out and and hold a plank position to activate my core. For my mind - I like to listen to music while I do my makeup and watch an episode of something fun and light-hearted.

Who inspires you?
Sophie Martin! Her quality of moment is so unique. She's beautiful to watch. And my sister, also a professional dancer, has always inspired me with her passion and artistry. I may be biased but I always have tears in my eyes when I watch her perform. She has helped me become the dancer I am today.

Mia features in a brand new film by Eve McConnachie for Scottish Ballet's Digital Season, which has been selected for showing at film festivals including the Light Moves Film Festival and Aesthetica Short Film Festival.