Junior Ambassador Series ♥
Getting to know our Junior Ambassador, Tashi Goodrich
How old are you?
I'm 14 years old.
What made you start ballet?
I started ballet when I was 3 years old because I was very energetic and would always dance around the house. I loved to dance along to the ‘Wiggles’ and ‘Hi-Five’ on television, so my mum thought it would be a good idea to enrol me in ballet classes.
Where do you train?
I am currently in my first year of full time training at Tanya Pearson Academy in Sydney, I am originally from Coffs Harbour (Northern NSW) where I danced at Harbour Performing Arts Centre.
How have you found the transition to Full Time training?
It has been great and I am absolutely loving dancing full time at Tanya Pearson Academy. I learn so much every day from all of the amazing teachers and It is so good to be able to do what I love all day!And I am still doing school work via distance education.
What do you love about ballet?
There are so many things I love about ballet. I love the music and storytelling, I love working towards a goal and the satisfaction once it has been achieved. I love how it feels to perform in front of an audience. And I love how you can be really expressive through dance, as I am naturally quite a shy person!
What is your dance dream?
My dance dream would definitely be to become a principal ballerina at one of my dream companies; Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet or the Stuttgart Ballet.
My dream roles to dance would be Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and so many more; basically all of the classics!
You’ve recently returned from a European tour of Summer Intensives! It sounds amazing, can you tell us a little about the experience?
I had an amazing time attending the Paris Opera Ballet School, Royal Ballet School and Académie Princess Grace summer intensives. I learnt so much from these summer intensives and they will be an experience i will never forget.
I found that the core values for ballet technique at each school were very much the same but they all had a different style in which they danced. Each school also had a different and unique way of teaching with was very interesting.
At each summer intensive I lived in the dormitories at the schools with about 1-2 other dancers. I made so many new friends from all over the world - it was fantastic!
Overall it was a great learning experience travelling around Europe for 5 weeks to 3 of the top ballet schools in the world and being taught by some of the best ballet teachers - I was also lucky enough to receive a direct entry award from The Royal Ballet school to next year’s SI, as well as direct entry into the final audition for The Royal Ballet school full time program!
Do you have a favourite dancer, what is it about her/him that inspires you?
My favourite dancer is Marianela Nunez. She has a wonderful presence which is hard to define but is a joy to watch. I also admire her flawless technique and ability to portray a wide variety of characters through her movement. I hope one day to meet her and perhaps even have the opportunity to dance with her.
What has been your proudest dancing achievement to date?
My proudest moments would definitely be making it through to the YAGP NYC finals this year. Taking masterclasses with some of the best directors from ballet companies and schools from around the world as well as being able to dance in New York in front of very highly regarded artistic directors. Receiving an amazing scholarship to Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin (Berlin State Ballet School) at the awards ceremony was one of my proudest achievements.
It must have been so inspiring being there amongst some of the very best dancers from around the world!
It was very inspiring watching all of the incredible ballet dancers from the world’s top dance companies and schools performing on the Lincoln stage. Some of the dancers performing included Olga Smirnova, (Prima ballerina, Bolshoi Ballet) Kimin Kim, (Principal dancer, Marrinsky Theatre) and Isabella Boylston (Principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre). It was also really incredible to see past graduates of TPA performing in the Gala - really was such an amazing night!
Have you ever had a really funny moment on stage?
One of the funniest situations I found myself in was about 2 years ago when I was competing in a contemporary solo at an Eisteddfod. I was performing in a number of other sections as well and didn’t have enough time to organise a teacher to choreograph my performance so I considered pulling out of the category altogether. My mum convinced me to put something together anyway and I finished the choreography moments before going on stage. To my absolute shock and amazement, I won the section and learnt a very valuable lesson in not being afraid to give something a try and do your best, even if you don’t think you’re ready.
What are your dance goals for this year?
My goals this year would be to really improve and refine my technique, artistry and dance quality. I hope to be able to take up every opportunity that is given to me to further improve myself as a ballet dancer.
What do you like to do outside of dance?
I love to spend time with friends and family, go to the movies, watch netflix, go shopping and go to the beach. I also love to cook! One of my favourite things to make are smoothie bowls as you can be very creative in the way you decorate them. I also love to bake and one of my most famous recipes is my vegan banana and raspberry bread.
Do you have a secret talent?
Actually, yes I do! I can play the piano and violin. I have been playing the piano since I was 2 and the violin since I was 8. I’ve since stopped playing the violin and doing piano grade exams when I decided few years ago to focus on ballet.
I still love to play the piano in my free time though.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
My mum always tells me to just enjoy myself and love what I do.
My favourite quote is; “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
~ Christopher Robin