Junior Ambassador Series ♥
Getting to know our Junior Ambassador, Grace Carroll.
How old are you?
I'm 15 years old.
What made you start ballet?
I attended one ballet class when I was 3, which I didn’t like because I was the littlest in the class! In between my first ballet class and when I revisited it when at 6 years of age, I would run and jump around the house (more gymnastic style) as I was such an active child.
Though I did really enjoy this, it actually took me a while to realise that ballet was what I truly wanted to do.
What do you love about ballet?
I absolutely love classical music so I feel as though ballet is one of the only ways the body can be fully immersed in it. I also love the physicality behind it and being able to see hard work pay off.
What is your dance dream?
Royal Ballet company. After watching them perform in Brisbane last year, I was just so amazed at the set and how every single dancer was so strong and precise! I also love their repertoire! My dream roles are Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Nikiya in La Bayadere. I absolutely love the music in both ballets.
Do you have a favourite dancer, what is it about her/him that inspires you?
I cannot choose one!! I love Alina Somova, Ulyana Lopatkina and Maria Kotchetkova for their overall stage presence and how beautifully they perceive the music.
I also love Yasmin Naghdi, Marianela Nunez and Beatriz Stix-Brunell, and I was lucky enough to watch them perform the Winters Tale last year when the company toured to Brisbane!
What has been your proudest dancing achievement to date?
My proudest dancing moment to date was when I performed in the Robert and Elizabeth Albert scholarship at Sydney Eisteddfod last year.
A week prior to the competition I found out I was injured. This really threw me off and I wasn’t dancing how I was before. I still really wanted to compete because I had put so much effort into the preparation of it. So I told myself to forget about the minor injury and I felt that I danced pretty well under the circumstances!
I ended up winning the scholarship as well as a scholarship to the Australian Ballet School. I was so shocked because I had never won a big competition out of so many competitors before.
Will you attend any International Summer Intensives this year?
I recently attended the Royal Ballet's Hong Kong intensive, and it was incredible! I was taught by some amazing teachers including Samira Saidi, Jay Jolley, Nicola Tranah and Gilly Revie as well as the Artistic Director, Christopher Powney. I learned a lot about the difference in the style of ballet and teaching. Upon returning home, I was offered a scholarship to the Royal Ballet Summer school in Covent Garden which is hard to say no to! I was also fortunate enough to be accepted in to the San Francisco Ballet School's Summer programme, so I have a very difficult decision to make, as both school's are amazing!
Congratulations Grace, it's been such a big year for you, you also were the overall winner at the recent RAD Isobel Anderson awards in Sydney! What is the process for this competition?
The competition starts with a preliminary class which all competitors participate in. Then afterwards the adjudicators choose about half for the semi final class. 5 finalists are then chosen from there which do another class onstage followed by their chosen variation from the RAD syllabus.
What are your dance goals for this year?
My current goal is to continue a steady growth in strength and to be able to move quicker in things like petit allegro (it's hard to move fast when you're tall!)
What do you like to do outside of dance?
Outside of dance, I love drawing and painting.
Do you have a secret talent?!?
Not too sure if its a talent... but I love doing calligraphy and hand lettering which not too many people know about.
What has been your favourite time on stage?
One of my favourite times on stage was when I danced in the Isobel Anderson finals and performed my variation to the most beautiful music by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Do you have a funny moment you can share with us, has anything ever gone wrong?!?
No, I haven’t had any funny moments onstage! Don’t want to jinx it!!
I love 'Turtles all the way down' by John Green and 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak. Couldn’t choose one!
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