Junior Ambassador Series ♥


Getting to know our Junior Ambassador, Matisse Lewis.

How old are you?

I'm 16 years old. 

Why did you start dancing, were you always dancing around the house?

No, not exactly... When I was nine years old, my parents were informed by specialists that I had a form of dyslexia, so they recommended for me to do dancing to work both sides of my brain. When I started dancing, I didn’t really warm up to it that much, it took me a little while to really find my love for ballet. But now, it’s all I do, and all that I want to do!



matisse as a baby ballerina!

matisse as a baby ballerina!

What do you love about ballet? 

What I love about ballet is the hard work that you have to put in to succeed.

I also love that feeling side stage, with all the nerves and excitement, and feeling the audience anticipation. Being onstage dancing and communicating with the audience is just the best feeling in the world!

What is your dance dream?                                       

My Dance Dream is to become a Principal dancer in an amazing company, I have a few that I would absolutely love to join like the Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet,  Australian Ballet, English National Ballet or even try something more diverse and contemporary like John Neumeier’s, Hamburg Ballet.

There are many roles that i would love to perform like I love Kitri and the role of Odile (Black Swan, ) and I would also love to perform Aurora, Sleeping Beauty.

And I lovvvveee to perform contemporary!

matisse, photography by belinda strodder

matisse, photography by belinda strodder

Do you have a favourite dancer, what is it about her/him that inspires you?

I don’t have one particular dancer that I look up to, since there are so, so many incredible dancers out there, both male and female... I am inspired by dancers who have amazing artistry, and courage, and also those with amazing jumps and turns. But I also am inspired by those dancers that have suffered injuries and have come back stronger and better than before!

If I had to choose, Natalia Osipova because of her incredible jumps, they blow me away every time I watch her dance, and she is just all-round amazing. Someone else that inspires me is David Hallberg because he has fought through injury and has come back stronger than ever.


david hallberg and natalia osipova in rehearsal for giselle, ROH.

david hallberg and natalia osipova in rehearsal for giselle, ROH.


What has been your proudest dancing achievement to date?

My proudest moment would definitely be the Prix de Lausanne, I competed in January of this year.

It’s still very surreal, I can’t believe it has happened! When I found out that I got in I could not stop jumping up and down, I was so excited! I always wanted to do the Prix, and had imagined myself up there on the stage, so having the opportunity to go to Switzerland and perform was incredible. I loved everything about it; the coaching, the classes, meeting everyone there and making some really great friendships.

Did you receive any offers for Schools overseas?

I was very fortunate to have received many offers at the Prix that I am so grateful for; I have chosen to go to the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. It really felt like the best fit for me, I have watched them for many years (both the school and the company) and taking classes with them after the Prix, definitely solidified my decision. I’m very, very excited to be heading over to Germany in September to start my next chapter of training. 

matisse in class at the prix de lausanne

matisse in class at the prix de lausanne

What are your dance goals for this year?

My goal for this year is to become a strong and confident dancer, both physically and meantally, before I head off to Germany. I’ll be working hard every day!

What do you like to do outside of dance?

In the little amount of spare time I do have, I love to hang out with my friends, going to the movies or the beach, or just hanging out with my little dog, Lexi (Bichon cross poodle)  at home! 

Do you have a secret talent?!?

I really love snowboarding (don’t tell Miss Jane!) but I’ll have to wait until my career is done before I get back into it!


What has been your favourite time on stage?

I'd have to choose two;

I loved performing my solos at the Prix de Lausanne on the famous, Theater de Beaulieu. And I also loved performing my Esmerelda Solo in Adelaide at the AICD International Ballet Awards last year.

matisse as esmerelda, AICD 2017

matisse as esmerelda, AICD 2017

Do you have a funny moment you can share with us, has anything ever gone wrong?!?

This is kind of more embadrrassing than funny. It happened when I was really littel, but I didn't think to go to the toilet before going onstage - I’ll let you figure out the rest!

Favourite quote? 

“Be the best you can be in every aspect of your life.”


Thank you Matisse, we look forward to supporting and following your dance journey


To find out more about MDM click here