Junior Ambassador Series ♥


Getting to know our Junior Ambassador, Phoebe Kilminster.

How old are you?

I’m 15 years old.

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

I started dancing when I was around 4 years old because both of my sisters and my cousins danced. At first I didn’t really enjoy dancing and didn’t even want to go. When I started school I would constantly complain about being too tired for dancing lessons in the afternoon, I would cry and complain until my parents said I didn’t have to go! So I decided to quit dancing, and it wasn’t until a few years later when I was around 7, that I decided to go back to dance and I've been in love with it ever since.

phoebe at her first eisteddford, 10yrs

phoebe at her first eisteddford, 10yrs

What do you love about ballet? 

I love that you can never be perfect, there’s always more to give and you can always push harder; it's all the hours upon hours training, all the hard work you have to put in to succeed. I love that with ballet, enough is never enough; you can always give a little more.

I also especially love performing on stage, taking the audience out of their normal lives and transporting them into a story.

What is your dance dream?                                       

My dance dream would be to become a principal dancer in either of these world renowned ballet companies; Royal Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet or American Ballet Theater.

The roles that I really hope to perform one day are;  Kitri (Don Q) and Odette (Swan Lake).

phoebe,  photography by Terry Cullinane

phoebe,  photography by Terry Cullinane

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

There are so many professional dancers that inspire me, but my ultimate favourite is IANA SALENKO. She didn’t let her height keep her from becoming a principal ballerina, she was always told she was too short to ever become a ballerina. Iana is just a touch over 5 foot 2, and her height hasn't stopped her from becoming a Principal dancer with the Berlin State Ballet and a regular guest artist with the Royal Ballet Company. This really inspires me, because I am only 158cms myself!

She is an inspiring role model to young dancers, showing that if you truly want something and are willing to work hard for it, anything is possible!

iana salenko

iana salenko


What has been your proudest dancing achievement to date?

My proudest dancing moment would definitely be the Prix de Lausanne!

How was the "Prix" experience for you?

The Prix was definitely the experience of a lifetime. It was so amazing to be taught and coached by the top worldwide directors/choreographers and making  friendships with dancers from all over the world, that I know will last a lifetime.

The Prix de Lausanne was definitely the best experience of my life, and I treasure what was such an amazing week in Lausanne. Enjoying it alongside  friends, really just made the whole experience so much better!!

phoebe (and another MDM JA, matisse!) at the barre during the "prix"

phoebe (and another MDM JA, matisse!) at the barre during the "prix"

Which offer will you be taking up?

I will be taking up my offer of a scholarship to Academie Princess Grace in September.

What has been your favourite performance to date?

My favourite time on stage would definitely have to be the Prix de Lausanne. It was so amazing to dance at such a well-known theatre where many of the world's top dancers have performed before me.

It was such an amazing experience dancing in the Beaulieu Theatre, the raked stage definitely made for some challenges, but overall it was an incredible experience.


Did you see any performances while you were away that really inspired you?

Yes! In the finals of the Prix we saw a performance from two Principal dancers from the Mariinsky Ballet Theatre (Kirov). They were so inspiring and so artistically and technically perfect, there was so much emotion and detail in their work.

It was truly beautiful...

What are your dance goals for this year?

To keep improving and working hard on my technique and artistry, and to develop my independence before I embark on a new journey in September to Monaco, Monte Carlo.

What do you like to do outside of dance?

I love hanging out with my friends, exploring, walks with my dog, hanging out with my family and going to the beach - I live in beautiful Wollongong, south of Sydney!

Do you have a secret talent?!?

Not sure how I would go at this now, but when I did school athletics carnival I found out I had a secret talent for long distance running and high jump!

phoebe performing at yagp; Taylor brandt photography

phoebe performing at yagp; Taylor brandt photography

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

Well... Recently I was performing my Kitri variation, and as I began the opening sequence I realised the music was 3x faster than my original version. I kept dancing as fast as I could until I got to the end of the choreography, but then I also realised it was the extended version; so the music kept going!!

It was a very funny experience and also a great learning experience.

Favourite quote? 

I have two!

“To a great mind nothing is little” 

“ Every day may not be good. But there is good in every day.”

phoebe's essentials 

phoebe's essentials 


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


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