Junior Ambassador Series ♥
Getting to know our Junior Ambassador, Justine Marcov.
How old are you?
I'm 14 years old.
What is the story of why you started ballet, were you always dancing around the house?
When I was 3 years old I went up to mother and asked her if I could please start ballet classes. She asked me if I knew what ballet was, as I had never been to a ballet before and none of my friends were taking ballet classes! I don’t remember what inspired me to request ballet classes, but I just knew at the time that it was something that I really wanted to do. From that day onwards, I knew that I wanted to be a ballerina.
What do you love about ballet?
I love performing on stage in front of an audience, bringing my character to life and expressing myself through dance. In the ballet studio I love working towards achieving difficult skills and steps. I like to imagine that all four walls of the studio are part of my audience to whom I am performing. I never tire of watching or learning ballet repertoire which combines beautiful fairytale stories with magical music.
What is your dance dream?
My ballet dream is to one day dance in one of the top ten ballet companies. My ultimate dream is to dance for the Royal Ballet, London and/or the Bolshoi Ballet, Russia.
I would love to perform the lead roles of Nikiya in La Bayadere and Kitri in Don Quixote, I love the storyline from both ballets, the challenging choreography and of course the gorgeous costumes I'd get to wear!
Do you have a favourite dancer, what is it about her/him that inspires you?
My favourite dancer is Natalia Osipova, currently a Principal artist with the Royal Ballet. She has an incredible jump and her pirouettes are outstanding. I love her artistry and beautiful leg lines. She has all the qualities in a ballerina that I aspire to achieve.
What has been your proudest dancing achievement to date?
I actually have 3 moments to share;
- In 2016 I went over to Sydney as a finalist in the Genée Dance Challenge, representing Western Australia. I also had the opportunity to watch the Genée finals, which was such an incredible experience.
- In January of this year I auditioned for the Houston Ballet Academy’s six week summer intensive and was delighted to be accepted. I will be travelling to Houston in June and cannot wait to learn as much as I can from the teachers there.
- I was so honoured to successfully audition for West Australian Ballet’s La Sylphide season this year, as a child artist. This is a dream come true, to be dancing with a professional ballet company.
What are your dance goals for this year?
My goals for the year are to improve my artistry and performance to a higher level as well as expanding my repertoire knowledge.
How did you hear about MDM?
About a year ago, I had pain in my left heel, and was diagnosed with FHL tendonitis and bursitis. My specialist gave me some rehabilitation exercises which did help the tendonitis pain, but I still had pain from the bursitis. My podiatrist suggested that I should try MDM shoes, I had already heard about them and the support that they offered. Immediately, I could feel the difference and gained a greater awareness of lifting my arches, which over time strengthened the muscles in my feet which over time, to the point that now I can dance pain free.
So, I love my MDM shoes, and am very proud to be a Junior Ambassador!
What do you like to do outside of dance?
I love to read historical fiction. I relax by listening to instrumental music and doing a bit of yoga that I have picked up from my teachers. When I have time on the weekends I enjoy going for a cycle around the neighbourhood with my family.
What has been your favourite time on stage?
My favourite time on stage was when I performed my latest classical solo for the first time en pointe. I performed this at the RAD Festival of Dance. I love the music as it is from my favourite ballet, La Bayadère. The music is from Act 1 – Dance of the Persian slaves.
Do you have a funny moment you can share with us, has anything ever gone wrong?!?
When I performed my very first classical solo on stage, I was waiting in the wings with my friends. When I walked onto the stage and the music started I realized I had walked on from the wrong side and had to dance my solo in reverse.
“When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles” – Winnie the Pooh