Where does your story begin?
My Mum was a calisthenics teacher, so my sisters and I started dancing as tiny tots, and I continued with ballet and other genres of dance training and reached a professional level.
One of my ballet teachers, Vivianne Sayers, co-founded the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE). My sister and I both auditioned successfully and went through the two-year program and then I spent a further two years training at QUT completing an Associate Diploma of Arts (Dance).
While I was a student, I performed with Queensland Ballet as a trainee artist in La Sylphide (1990) and Giselle (1992) under Artistic Director, Harold Collins. After university, I moved to Sydney to join The Australian Opera’s ballet ensemble, where I was lucky enough to work with some of Australia’s leading choreographers and companies in collaborative productions with the Opera, such as Graeme Murphy and Sydney Dance Company and Meryl Tankard and Australian Dance Theatre.
When did you make your big career change?
After my time at the Opera I moved into musical theatre. It was an amazing job – I toured for almost a year with Hello Dolly. It was so much fun, but quite gruelling with eight shows per week. I also performed in the musical My Fair Lady and in many other freelance engagements in the modelling and commercial dance world.
During my early twenties I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and although I wasn’t all that unwell at the time, the effect of the diagnosis certainly sparked a change in my focus, and I started to dream of settling in one city and eventually having a family.
When a job opportunity came up to assist my dance agent in Sydney, I jumped at it and ended up completing a 12-month traineeship in arts administration with her. Before I knew it, I had transitioned out of being a professional dancer and into an administrative office employee… the beginning of an alternative pathway in the Arts.