Junior Ambassador Series ♥
Getting to know our Junior Ambassador, Arielle Taylor.
How old are you?
I’m 13 years old.
Why did you start dancing, were you always dancing around the house?
I started dancing at 5 years of age, apparently I was begging mum to let me dance and she finally let me go. I was very disappointed when I only got flat ballet shoes because in the movies all ballerinas wore pointe shoes so I thought that’s what I would get!
I’ve always known I wanted to dance but it wasn’t until the last couple of years that I fell in love with ballet. My teachers at the studio where I train now, really gave me the passion and confidence to go for my ballet and contemporary ballet dreams.
What do you love about ballet?
I like the discipline and the constant challenge to better myself. It’s so rewarding! I also love how you can express yourself throughout your movement, I love to be expressive on stage and tell a story. Ballet is such a great base for all other styles of dance too, so I feel like no matter what I will have a great foundation.
What is your dance dream?
My ultimate dance dream is to be a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater.
Do you have a favourite dancer, what is it about her/him that inspires you?
My favourite dancer is, without a doubt, Misty Copeland. I love that she is so confident, beautiful and so technically perfectl. She is so stunning on stage and she has challenged the mould of ballerinas worldwide...
I am sure that she is an inspiration not just to me, but to everyone!
What has been your proudest dancing achievement to date?
At the beginning of the year, performing my first ever variation, the lilac fairy, on stage at the Australasian Ballet Challenge and being selected for the finals.
Earlier this year MDM organised a visit to see Lisa Howell for you to gain tips/techniques on how to safely train your body, how did you find that session?
My appointment with Lisa Howell was really great and very informative! I really enjoyed every moment; I learnt so much about my body and how to strengthen it to assist my hyper mobility which will be very beneficial throughout my dance career.
I look forward to seeing her again and so thankful MDM introduced me to her and gave me that opportunity to meet and work with Lisa.
What has been your favourite performance to date?
It’s hard to pinpoint a specific favourite time because I just love being on stage.
What are your dance goals for this year?
This year my goal would be to continue working in the studio on my ballet and contemporary technique and artistry. I am working towards going overseas in the future to participate in the Youth American Grand Prix and Alana Haines Awards. It would be amazing to dance in front of so many different directors, to see and be inspired by all the amazing, talented dancers that are out there.
I love performing both ballet and contemporary solos, so it’s a great chance to challenge myself by working towards and participating in those big competitions.
What is the best advice you've been given?
I have been given lots of really good advice, the best advice would be about strengthening my body and learning to control my flexibility, it is important for the longevity of my career in dance.
What do you like to do outside of dance?
All I want to do is dance all the time,! However I love to cook, go to the beach, and play with my dogs.
Do you have a secret talent?!?
My secret talent is I have competed as a National swimmer in butterfly, I learnt to swim at 3 years of age and at 5 years of age I competed at my first carnival. I then progressed to Country, State and National levels.
Do you have a funny moment you can share with us, has anything ever gone wrong?!?
During one of my lyrical solo’s I was running backwards, tripped and fell, I tried to cover it up by doing a back roll, I think it worked ;)
Here are a few of my favourite quotes;!
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself”
“To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance”
“Dance every performance as if it were your last”