What sparked your love of dance?
When I was young I absolutely loved music and would dance anytime I heard a beat – nothing’s changed really! I think this stemmed from our family’s adoration for all things Scottish. My grandpa was a passionate bagpiper and three generations of my family were Scottish Dancers. As a result, I started learning Highland Dancing before transitioning to ballet in my hometown of Bendigo, Victoria.
At age 13, I auditioned and was accepted into the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne. Initially I was told that I didn’t have enough facility to succeed in the ballet world and would likely spend much of my time injured, however I was very determined to prove them wrong. My passion for dance took precedence over my limited turn out, and I accepted their offer without any hesitation. I moved away the following year and lived in a boarding house with 20 other arts students. Whilst it may seem young leaving home at 13, I absolutely loved residing with so many passionate young dancers, musicians and actors. There was certainly never a dull moment!
I eventually trained full-time under Christine Walsh before successfully auditioning for Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year, which I completed in 2002.
How did you break into the industry?
During the second half of my Professional year training I was given more opportunities to work with the Company. I was fortunate to be invited on their ‘smalls tour’, performing in regional areas throughout Queensland. I then joined the Company officially in 2003 and was promoted to Soloist about three years later.