ASHLEY #WHYIDANCE

Ashley Joppich. Dancer. “We used to live on a farm about an hour away from Toowoomba, and there weren’t many families around, so mum put me into dance just so I had some interaction with other kids. I was three years old then, but by the time I was seven, my sister and I did every single style. Poor Mum. She had to drive us forty-five minutes into Toowoomba four...

MARK LOWNDES

Mark Lowndes. Musician. “I grew up with my Mum and our music was all Motown; Motown and a bit of Reggae. Cause Reggae’s got soul. Then I would get to go to see my Dad once a month and as soon as I get into his car the Beatles would be playing. I’m thinking what is this? I’d say “These guys have got no rhythm Dad!” And he’d be like...

MATLIDA

Matilda Rodgers. Artist. “Art was always a part of our lives as kids because Mum was always creating around us. She never pushed us into creating though, but we always had any materials we needed lying around the house. And if we needed any advice, Mum was there to help. My Mum inspires me so much, and not just because she is an Artist, but because of who she is...

EMMASYN #WHYIDANCE

Emmasyn Hunt. Dancer. “The toughest thing about being a dancer is the sacrifices. You give up precious family time, school time and free time for your own training. My Dad works away in the mines, so we don’t see him as much as any other family would anyway. My mum works full time and owns her own business to afford dance for my sister and I, to ensure we can...

BROOKE #WHYIDANCE

Brooke Thompson. Dancer. “I train from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 12:30 to 6pm on Saturdays. Then I do my Year 12 study via distance education around that. It’s definitely tough juggling both. Finding time for everything. You always get asked to do stuff… but dance always comes first. If you had of asked me a year ago I would have said I was going to be a...