When did you start dancing?
I originally told my mother at the age of 2 that I wanted to be a ballerina, but being a chubby little toddler, my mother laughed and didn’t proceed to enrol me into my first dance class until I was 4. But I’m pretty sure I pirouetted out of the womb!
What’s your favourite part of teaching?
Seeing a child get something they didn’t think they were capable of. Whether it’s a simple step or a turning combination, seeing their face light up when they get it brings me the most amount of joy possible.
If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do?
I originally went to university and majored in developmental and educational psychology, so I probably would’ve wanted to become a psychologist in a school and help develop learning plans for teachers and students.
What is your life outside of Stepnout?
Incredibly busy! I juggle teaching dance 22 hours a week with a part time marketing job and training anywhere between 7 and 14 hours a week, plus auditions for performing in the dancing industry, plus family time, plus catching up with friends…I don’t usually drink coffee but I might have to start!
What advice would you give your younger self?
TAKE BALLET MORE SERIOUSLY MY GOD! So much technique and potential lost there! But also to learn to control my movements more. I tend to put a lot of energy into my dancing, but throw away easy transitions and movements, which is something that I’ve definitely had to work hard at in the last couple of years.
What’s your next holiday destination?
Europe! A little family trip over the winter break. Very excited!
What was the last show you saw?
I think it was Rocky Horror? Was absolutely incredible! I encourage every dancer and student to watch professional shows within the dance industry! It gives you something to aspire to as well as supports the industry so that it can still exist within Australia.
What is your greatest strength?
Work ethic and my elevation. My jumps and acro tricks get me everywhere!
What are your goals for the future?
To work hard and be the best dancer and person that I can be; spreading kindness and making others happy. But also, to dance backup for Backstreet Boys.
What is your favourite music?
I usually like to listen to rock and pop punk, but I’ll listen to anything that isn’t doof doof or screamo.
What teacher in school made the most impact on you and why?
My dance teacher Andrew Micallef. The first person who believed in me and saw me succeeding in the dance industry if I put my mind to it. He pushed me as hard as possible and taught me the value of hard work and kindness.
Why did you choose your profession?
I wanted to do something that made me happy, something that I was passionate about. I get so much pleasure out of teaching and performing, and with everything I’ve achieved thus far, I know I’m on the right path.
How do you spend your free time?
Sleeping, eating, and watching cartoons!
What are you most afraid of?
Snakes. Oh dear god, snakes.
What is your strongest personal quality?
I like to think that I’m funny sometimes.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Anything between my costumes falling off on stage or farting in someone’s face when I was 11. I make a habit of embarrassing myself on a daily basis, so I don’t get too embarrassed too often now.
How would your friends describe you?
Goofy and overly positive with the kindest soul and intentions.