Student Videos: Full-Time Dancing
In this video entitled “Full-Time Dancing,” four of our pre-professional students, Emilia Lakic, Walter Isaacson, Natalie Barbis and Chloe Puddy, share their thoughts on dancing full-time.
This video series was made entirely by our students. It was compiled, filmed and edited by Naomi Stienstra and Hannah Kirkby.
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Walter: I guess one of the people who inspired me to dance was Gene Kelly. I watched a lot of his movies when I was little.
Emilia: I didn’t dance until I was about eleven. One of my school friends started dancing and I didn’t really have a thing, so I started dancing and, yeah, I loved it.
Natalie: I think seeing videos of amazing Russian ballerinas, that really inspired me to join full-time and work really hard.
Chloe: When I was part-time, I was part-time at a full-time school, so I’d always get there and watch the full-timers and see them all and I was always like, “Mum, I’m going to do that”.
Walter: Before starting ballet I played a lot of sport and I played music, so being able to find those things in the one art form was something that was really awesome for me.
Natalie: I really enjoy the artistic side and being able to express myself.
Chloe: Ballet is such a rewarding career. We put all this hard work in day in, day out and you know when you’ve been pushing yourself, when you’re working hard. Your turn out gets better, your feet pointe more – you can see it.
Walter: I guess for me ballet has always been a very great challenge and it’s not something that came naturally to me.
Chloe: As a dancer, if you get an injury it can kinda put you out for a while. So I’ve found that’s been a really a big struggle.
Emilia: Probably the most challenging part would be just the fact that I started pretty late in ballet.
Natalie: The challenge is really to be motivated and push yourself. Be really sure that this is what you want to do because mentally and physically, it will take a lot out of you.
Chloe: Really make sure you’re prepared, that you know what you’re getting into because it is challenging. Talk to your parents, talk to your teachers, make sure it’s the right thing for you.
Emilia: You need to be old enough to know that this is something you want to work for and something that you really love and can work for for quite a long period of your life.
Chloe: It’s hard, but it’s great.