Junior Ambassador Series ♥
Getting to know our Junior Ambassador, Fleur Evans.
How old are you and where do you train?
I am 15 years old and train at Lisa Clark Dance Centre in Canberra as a part-time student.
When did you start ballet?
I started ballet at LCDC when I was 4. My mum put me in dance classes as she thought it would be a good for me because I very shy and anxious - from the moment I started, I loved it!
What do you love about ballet?
Ballet makes me happy!
I like the focus it requires forcing me to concentrate on one goal instead of focusing on the rest of the normal stresses of my daily life. I don’t know what I would do without it, my life wouldn’t be the same!
I also really love performing; our local eisteddfods are so fun, I really like getting to know other students from the surroundings schools; it creates a really nice atmosphere and everyone supports one another.
I recently performed at the Alana Haines Awards in New Zealand, which was the biggest and most eye-opening competition I have participated in. It was a great experience to perform in such a big theatre and to see some of the beautiful dancers from all across Australia and New Zealand was such an inspiration! I was really proud of myself and my LCDC colleagues, we had all worked so hard in the lead up to this, so no matter what the results may have been we all knew we’d done our best!
What is your proudest dancing moment to date?
My proudest dancing moment so far would have to be receiving the offers that came my way after my recent trip to Europe. The trip really opened my eyes to the big wide world of dance; it was incredible to meet and dance alongside so many people from different cultures and learning as much as I could from everyone.
Where did you travel to?
We visited Dresden, Amsterdam, Birmingham and London. Due to it being quite a short trip we only had limited time in each place, so I had to make the most of every second!
In Dresden, I undertook a scholarship that I received through YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix) at the Palucca Hochschule für tanz. This was amazing as I was able to experience a more contemporary and improvisational aspect of dance that allowed me to broaden my skills.
In Amsterdam I took classes at both the European School of Ballet after an offer I had received at the start of the year and at the Dutch National Ballet Academy, where I had also been offered a position in their full time program for 2020. The classes were amazing, there was such a high standard, so it really challenged me to step outside my comfort zone!
After reflecting on my experiences and touring these countries with completely different cultures to ours, my favourite place was Amsterdam - but I loved doing a quick tour around London before coming home!
So it would seem you have a big choice to make! Have you decided where you’d like to go?
Yes, I am so grateful - I was offered places at European School of Ballet and Dutch National Ballet School though I have not made my final decision as yet. The EBS’s main focus is classical ballet, contemporary and choreography, they bring in some of the top choreographers throughout the world to come and teach, so there are amazing opportunities to work with professionals from around the globe. Choreography is also a passion of mine, so I feel this school would support me broadening my skills in that genre. Both school’s are so wonderful and I am also going to be auditioning for the ABS and NZSD later in the year, so I can’t say I’ve made my mind up just yet!
How do you think you would feel moving away from home?
It is understandably rare for someone so young to move to the other side of the world, but I love travelling and exploring so living overseas would be an amazing experience for me. Although, of course there will be an adjustment being away from my family and friends, as well as the familiarity of the area I live in. I’m so excited though!
When did you decide you wanted to be a professional dancer?
Two years ago at age 13!. When I was younger, I loved going to ballet for the social setting not at all thinking about it as a career path Then I reached the age and my teacher's began to see real potential in me, so I started working harder to see where my passion could take me.
Do you have a favourite dancer, what is it about her that inspires you?
Like many others, Marienela Nunez is my number one inspiration. Her short film ‘Nela’ really spoke to me and showed me a quality I aspire to use when dancing. The movement quality that Marienela Nunez presents, inspires me to go out onto the stage and enjoy the experience no matter what happens.
When I watch a performance, I am not as engaged by the technical side of the solo (even knowing how hard they have worked on every single movement) but I am excited by the way the dancer projects and is able to show their passion to tell the story of the ballet. I see this quality when I watch Marienela and it helps to remind me this is what I’m working towards in my own movements.
Misty Copeland is also a role model to me as she shows the strength and value in believing anything is possible no matter who you are. This leads me to strive towards being a role model to the younger dance generations.
What are your goals for this year?
My goal for this year is to work hard, improving my technique and strength but also to cherish every moment with friends and family, given the possibility that I may be moving away from home next year.
Do you have a dream role or dream dance company?
My dream role would ‘Aurora’ from the ballet ‘Sleeping Beauty’ - it’s one of my favourites and I think it suits my personality. My dream company would be any classical ballet company in Europe or the Australian Ballet.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I have received is before an important performance or exam tell yourself ‘You Can Do It’.
No matter how much you are stressing for what might happen or what has happened in the lead up, you have worked so hard, so it’s time to enjoy it!
What do you love to do outside of dance?
When I'm not at dance I normally catch up on school work, relax and watch Netflix. I also love going to the beach/surfing, shopping and hanging out with friends.
Always believe something wonderful is going to happen. Even with all the ups and downs, never take a day for granted. Smile, cherish the little things and remember to hug the ones you really love’
I love this quote because it reminds me to be grateful and to appreciate the little things!
Thank you Fleur, we look forward to supporting and following your dance journey