Jade's to do list
- To achieve a contract with a classical ballet company
- Continue to learn more about the profession and prepare myself to enter it.
- Have opportunities to perform and work with the BRB (Birmingham Royal Ballet)
- To become not only a representative for ballet, but to be an inspiration to young people.
- To learn more about how to cope in a living situation and become an independent adult.
- To have a good role in the school production.
- To learn to put myself first more. Be healthily selfish.
Jade's big plan
Hi there! My name is Jade and I’m from Sidmouth in Devon. I am an only child which has been a godsend for me as from the tender age of eleven I have lived away from home, training to become a ballerina, which demands huge parental support and time. Now at eighteen, I am stepping into the final year of my training (at Elmhurst School for Dance) which will ultimately decide the start of my dancing career as I will, hopefully, achieve a contract with a professional ballet company. I consider myself a very lucky girl as I have what I think is such a wonderful life. I have special parents, amazing friends and so many people who love and care for me and want me to do so well which I am eternally grateful for. I am also pursuing a life of everyday doing what I love, ballet, and am granted some incredible opportunities. I want people to realise, though, that my achievements haven’t just been handed to me on a plate; I have worked extremely hard for them and despite the overall beauty and splendor of it all, it is a rocky road that is full of emotional highs and lows and deals with pressures and stresses that even some adults wouldn’t have experienced.
Throughout the course of the year I aim to become a more established, individual dancer, ready to step into the ‘real’ world of ballet and discover what it is that differentiates a dancer in school/training and a professional dancer. These are the questions I hope to answer by having more experience of working with a company (like Birmingham Royal Ballet) or when I take auditions.
I like to think I am approachable and that people feel I can relate and understand to them. I have been head girl at both the Royal Ballet School (where I spent the first 5 years of my training) and Elmhurst School for Dance so hopefully this can prove or support this in some way. I invite people to discuss their issues with me as I enjoy listening and find it very rewarding helping people. My aim during this project is to openly discuss my honest thoughts with other people and perhaps have the opportunity to take advice as well as give it. If I can act as an inspiration or influential being for others of my generation then that would be a huge life achievement for me I hope that I can act as one of many figure-heads who represent youth of today in the positive way that we all so wish to be perceived.