Ballerina and current Year 4 student, Eve A is set to brighten the stage of the Lyric Theatre this festive season, having been cast in the upcoming Queensland Ballet production of The Nutcracker at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Successfully auditioning out of hundreds of ballet students from across Queensland, Eve said it was her dance teachers, Kimberley Woodger and Katya Bennett-Woodger of Kimberley Woodger Dance Academy at Morningside that encouraged her to apply.
“My dance teachers sent an email letting us know about the upcoming Nutcracker audition - it was on a weekend at the Queensland Ballet at West End,” Eve said.
“There were a lot of girls and boys trying out, and I found out straight away I’d made it through the first round. Afterwards, my mum received an email saying I had been successful in getting a role in the production,” she said.
Playing the role of a little girl in a family during a Christmas party, as well as a ‘ginger nut’, Eve said she couldn’t contain her excitement when she found out she had been cast.
“I was so excited when I found out - I’ve always wanted to be part of a big production like the Nutcracker,” Eve said.
“It will be such a great experience to be amongst all the very talented dancers, and I will learn so much,” she said.
With a passion for ballet since the age of three, Eve said it was her sister and current Year 6 student, Zoe who inspired her to take up the sport.
“My big sister Zoe started ballet, and it looked so much fun, so I wanted to try it too,” Eve said.
“[Along with ballet] I also do jazz and contemporary dance,” she said.
Although the Nutcracker is the most significant role in a production she has won to date, this is not the first audition where Eve’s talent has been noticed. Accepted into the Australian Ballet Interstate Training Program, a part of the Australian Ballet School, in both 2018 and 2019, Eve said the program has given her invaluable training opportunities.
“Being a part of the Interstate Training Program gives me access to intensive training sessions, specialised coaching classes and personal visit opportunities throughout the year,” Eve said.
“This year I went down to Melbourne in the July holidays and did a week of classes at the Australian Ballet School in Southbank. I also did a masterclass in Brisbane when they went on tour,” she said.
“As long as I do at least one class a year, I can be considered for the following year, and once I reach a certain age, I may even be invited to audition to become a full-time student.”
When asked if she saw a career for herself in ballet upon graduating school, Eve said she was undecided on her future aspirations.
“I really love ballet but I also really want to be a vet when I finish school,” Eve said.
“I have plenty of time to decide, so we’ll see what happens,” she said.
You can see Eve performing in the Queensland Ballet's production of the Nutcracker from Friday 13 to Saturday 21 December at the Lyric Theatre, with tickets available from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.