Hello wonderful dancing humans, Where are we all at today? Fighting the injustice of the government, who appear to have very little awareness of the in-depth training taken by our dance teachers to be able to do what they do? First few weeks back in class and wondering if you will ever regain what you feel you have lost? Wondering if you will be able to head overseas to take your place at your next training institution? Wondering if you will even get to perform again this year? Worrying for the health of your family? Contemplating how to run your business in this current climate? However this letter finds you, however disconnected or maybe even a little alone, we are here I am here listening and offering you some help, some inspiration and loads of hope for our pathways forward. I have filled this issue with Australian Stories, dancers from all different stages of their journey, talking about key moments in their dance life so far. They share their experiences of: injury, growing up, sexuality, pressure, grit, determination, full-time, finishing school, living overseas, social media, why they love to dance among many other topics. Interviewing each of them was very special and I thank them all for their honesty and trust. They are: Lucas Jervies, Luca Armstrong, Brooke Foley, Daniel Assetta, Kaela Tapper, Sophie Willmot, Erin Jones, Emily McMahon, Jenna Boschen, Alessia Mussolini, Simon Jones, Chloe Reynolds, Zoë Brown, Leilani Holmes Skrill, Jessica Eksteen, Hannah Maxwell, Jaime Unmack, Talia Fidra, Tyla Steinbach, Lily Tappenden, Alex Knight, Janaé Kerr, Tess Sheppard, Camilla Schmidt, and Scott Elstermann.
Every issue I like to offer you some well researched information about your body, written by experts in their field who work with dancers every day. This issue, physiotherapist from Kinetica Physiotherapy (Sydney), Katie Godwin, talks about stress fractures in the base of the 2nd metatarsal and posterior ankle impingement. Roz Penfold, Specialist Sports Physiotherapist from Atlas S Sports and Dance Physiotherapy (Braddon) talks about returning to class safely,. Michael Bellantonio, Senior Physiotherapist with Southside Physio (Woden), gives some very nice feedback about online learning, what you guys struggled with and how that will impact your return to class. InSync Physiotherapy, Physiotherapist Bradley Smith, breaks down the impact of ankle sprains, why they happen and why you need to see a physio after this occurs. Deborah Chen, Specialist Physiotherapist from Inspired Physio (Baulkham Hills), gives practical advice about going back to pointe work. In this issue I have also published my favourite photos from Rambert School Sydney auditions as well as the much-anticipated shots from Victorian State Ballet Sydney auditions and Sydney production of Beauty and the Beast. For academic dance students, Catherine gives a breakdown of HSC Dance changes, Paula offers creative problem-solving advice and Brianna gives a detailed guide on how to think about the art of choreography. Mr. Jeremy helps us to understand why it is so important to understand what your strengths are and how to make the most of them in your future. Sarah Reis, our in-house acro teacher gives some useful information about why acro training can support our dancers during those sometimes awkward and stressful growth spurts. In May I sent a callout for you to send in photos and stories of your online experiences as well as what you were most looking forward to about going back to class! Thank you for answering my call, 7 pages are dedicated to you! Featured dancers are: Alissa Kouzmenkov from Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Amelia Mills from Sheridans Studio 1, Annika Reilly from Sheridan’s Studio 1, Beau-Rock Ballet School Isabel Foord, Brooke Tarry from Danielle’s Studio of Dance, Caitlin Gray from Newcastle Ballet Theatre, Chantelle Tay from Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Charlie Ragen and Georgia Blackmore from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Cowra High School State Dance Ensemble members, Darci Noble from Neutral Bay School of Dance, Darcie Hintz from Dance Factor by Jessica Walker, East Hills Girls Technology High School, Ema Zajickova from Neutral Bay School of Dance, Emaila with her Granny from Bayside Dance, Emily Rose Moore from The Graduate College of Dance, Emma-Jade Thomas from Joanne Grace School of Dance, Georgia Blackmore fromTuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Giselle Brown from Tempo Red Academy of Performing Arts, Grace Large from Christine Wishart’s Dance Studio, Isabella Yeo 8yrs – Joanne Grace School of Dance, Jade Buchanan from Tempo Red Academy of Performing Arts, Jade-Monet Calleija from Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Jannah Allen from Newcastle Ballet Theatre, Jas Thomas-Appleton from Bayside Dance, Jazmin Adams from Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Kaela Tapper from Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Kaylah Daly, Lili Barr from Tanya Pearson Academy, Lisa Clark Dance Centre Teia Chapman, Mackenzie Stanizzo from Dance Affinity, Marli Norris from Sheridan’s Studio, Mia Jade Fleet from Eastern District Academy of Dance, Mimi Swinton from Reddam House Sydney, Miranda Burford-Hartman from Tempo Red Academy of Performing Arts, Monique Zagari from Eastern Districts Academy of Dance, Montana Piscopo from Sheridans Studio 1, Monty Lawrie from Sheridan’s Studio 1, Niki Gosewinckel from Tempo Red Academy of Performing Arts, Ruby Topen from All Starz Performing Arts Studio, Saebra Gallacher from Dance Development Centre in Canberra, Saskia Uys from Neutral Bay School of Dance, Sofia Da Rocha from Joanne Grace School of Dance, Sophie Willmot from Amanda Bollinger Dance Academy, Stella McMullen from Bayside Dance, TAPA Townsville Academy of Performing Arts, Tiah Stewart from Sheridan’s Studio 1, Tiarna Pailthorpe, Evie Forster, Zara Dimmock, Kasey Harris, Ellie Judson from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Tori McNeilly from Theatre Arts Mackay Dance Excellence, Belinda Toth from Southern Cross School of Distance Education, Denzel Parsons and Damian Smith, Ellie Judson from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Emilia Bignami from Queensland College of Dance, Hannah McConnell from MAKS Ballet Studios, Lilly Smith Cowra High School, Madeleine McGimpsey from Serenade Ballet Academy, Ruby Ko from Central Coast Grammar School, Samantha Cessario from Danceworks Sydney, Tahlia Calabrese from NCAT, Taliya Bennett from Classical Ballet 121, Townsville Academy of Performing Arts TAPA and Wakakkirri Taryn – St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Sutherland NSW. Till next time we meet, Stay safe, believe in you and be kind, love Dani