ABOUT ME

 

Thank you kindly for visiting. This site was created to store my résumé and references online and to give potential employers a deeper insight into my work as a performer, teacher, and human.

 

My parents put me in my first dance class as a child when they became overwhelmed by the amount of backyard performances they were subjected to. They enrolled me in dance classes and next ten years were spent as a dedicated student under the tuition of Studio One Academy of Dance (Grafton) and later the Adele Lewis School of Dance (Maclean). I learnt and undertook exams in B.A.L. and R.A.D. syllabuses and received training in ballet, jazz, tap, national character, broadway, lyrical and contemporary. Along with my teammates, we consistently placed at eisteddfods, competitions and the national dance championships. I was a finalist in the ‘Dancer of the Year' competition and awarded an elite dancer award. During these years singing, drama and visual arts were thrown into the mix deepening my interest in the arts.


After school, I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at The Queensland University of Technology. During this time, I also performed works by a number of independent contemporary choreographers including Claire Marshall, Brian Lucas and Maartje Belmer and was a member of Urban Ignition Dance Company.

Always looking for the next thing to add to my creative vocabulary, I ran away to the circus in New Zealand and trained at CircoArts. This grew into gaining a Diploma of Circus at The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in Melbourne, majoring in aerial arts and contortion. During this time I gained experience in street theatre, roving work and children’s entertainment.
 

My performance career has blessed me with the opportunity to work with some incredible people and travel around the world. Some highlights include performing in The Middle East with Empress Stilt Dance, dancing to a cast of incredible opera singers with Yarra Theatre Company, performing as a core member of Phoenix Entertainment for many years, performing a trapeze work choreographed by Susan Murphy at The Aerial Dance Festival in America, performing at the Eclipse Festival in Cairns with Sacred Circus, conquering my fear of busking with my solo street show 'Unbirthday Party', collaborating with designer Flynn to create an aerial performance installation at the Brisbane Powerhouse, hula-hooping at The World Vegan Day Festival, a five-month tour of New Zealand with Circus Aotearoa, being awarded an ArtStart grant by The Australian Council for the Arts and performing for the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.

 

Right beside my love of performing is my passion for teaching. 

I have been fortunate to have been employed as a circus trainer by some fantastic organisations including C!RCA, Umbilico, Circus Monoxide, Claire’s Circus School, CPIT, CYCAS Circus, Circus Avalon, Cirquest and Flipside Circus.

Flipside Circus provided me with a broad array of opportunities to extend myself in both teaching and directing roles. I thoroughly enjoyed directing Flipside Circus's 15th-year anniversary showcase, and 'Where the Wild Circus is' with a cast of over 50 youth performers.

Through these organisations, I witnessed the power of circus as a tool for self and community development. These experiences directly influenced my journey towards becoming a teacher and an agent of social change. From working on numerous social justice programs with newly arrived refugees, indigenous communities, at-risk youth, young mums, rural area kids to disability groups, it is my belief circus and the arts at large, are for everyone. 

 

In May 2018 I returned to Brisbane. I fill my days enthusiastically training, teaching and performing circus whilst studying towards my Masters in Teaching.

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