Thursday 9 January, 2020

When did you first join the ADT Youth Ensemble?

I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Youth Ensemble in 2017 when I was 15 years old. 

What was your audition process like? Were you nervous, excited?

The audition process was typical of a contemporary class with exercises on the floor and standing, and phrases that allowed us to show our strengths. Scott Ewen ran the class, and he made us feel calm and as though it was a masterclass. I remember feeling very excited at the prospect that I could be training in such an environment, if successful. Even though some of the material was unknown to me, I tried to make sure that I was presenting my strengths, including my musicality and performance, that was outside of the steps. 

What attracted you to the ADT Youth Ensemble? Why did you decide to audition?

The year before I auditioned I saw Ignition, an ADT performance that the 2016 Youth Ensemble performed at. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be up there with them. It seemed like an incredible place to work with choreographers and have opportunities that you wouldn’t have otherwise. 

What has been a highlight of your time in the Ensemble?

The Youth Ensemble has given me so many different opportunities that I never would have experienced otherwise. It is difficult to pin-point only one highlight because I have honestly had such an incredible experience overall. But, to name a few, I have performed a piece by Larissa McGowan at the Adelaide Fringe opening parade, a piece by Lina Limosani at the Space Theatre and at the Art Gallery of South Australia for many different events. I have sat in on company rehearsals, had access to dress rehearsals of upcoming shows and worked with multiple past and present company members. 

What advice would you give to a young dancer like yourself looking to audition?

Just give it a go! Turn up to the audition with a positive mindset and present the best version of yourself. You never know what will happen in an audition. Even if you don’t get in, the experience of having a class with some excellent dancers and an amazing teacher makes it worthwhile anyway.  Just try to take as much out of the experience as possible, whether it is taking the class with a new teacher and learning their style.  

What career are you working toward?

I am working towards a career in the contemporary dance realm. I hope to be in a company somewhere in the world performing and training with a team of people that also appreciate and love this art form as much as I do. 

Lastly, why do you dance? What do you think dance gives you, personally?

I dance for a lot of reasons, but I love the feeling that I get after a full day of classes and rehearsals. Hot, sweaty and every muscle throbbing. Stepping out on stage gives me such a rush and I could spend every day performing and being involved with classes and training. Dance is such a part of who I am that I cannot even contemplate not having it in my life, and this Ensemble has exposed me to many different avenues that I am so grateful for.