I'm co-located in Melbourne, Australia, and Zurich, Switzerland. All sessions are held over Zoom, so I work with dancers from all over the world.
There are two categories of dancers I work with: students and professionals. You may be somewhere in between the two - no problem, I've got you covered. I don't impose age restrictions, but generally you will get the most out of our work if you are 13+.
I danced professionally with Alberta Ballet (Canada) and Zurich Ballet (Switzerland). I have a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Social Work (Counselling) from Monash University. I have over ten years experience working with young dancers in Switzerland, Singapore and Australia, and five years experience working in education policy. I'm a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. This means I’m in a rare position of having been where you are, but now studied and worked enough in relevant areas to ensure that everything that reaches you is evidence-based and led by science.
Every session begins with a series of questions from me so that I can understand your situation and where you are at right now. I try to gain a good understanding of what it might be that is holding you back, or where you need the most guidance. Together, we work through a tailored worksheet, which allows us to discuss or plan your next steps, whether they be practical or personal. Depending on your personal goals, we follow a 'roadmap' that I have developed for you. The aim is for you to feel that each session has a significant positive impact on your dancing life.
By teaming up with me, you'll gain a better understanding of yourself as a dancer, and what you need to do to get where you want to be. You'll discover new ways of thinking (which often translate into improved dancing) and you'll gain the clarity and direction you need in order to be your best. On top of this, if you're a student, you'll get the opportunity to work through any and every question you may have about becoming a dancer. I'll be by your side every step of the way, helping you direct you time, energy and resources towards the things that will benefit you the most.
Absolutely. The first thing many parents say to me is "I feel so lost because I'm not a real 'ballet-person' myself"… This industry can be VERY hard to understand from the outside, and you are not alone. What questions to ask your child's teacher, how to interpret feedback, where and when your child should audition, how you can best support them - it can be very confusing! I can help you lift the fog a little and gain some clarity, so you can feel reassured that you are supporting your child in the way that helps them the most.
Yes. I create impactful CVs that ensure you give a good first impression. I also develop personalised audition lists, taking into account your physical attributes as well as your school/company preferences, and help you with every step of the audition process, from first email contact to the audition itself. Auditioning can be a very stressful and complicated process - I aim to remove some of that stress and give you clear direction so that you can focus on the auditions themselves, rather than the surrounding logistics.
Of course. I offer free 20 minute introductory consultations where we can meet, talk about your current situation, and work out if one of my consultation packages would suit you or your child.