Georgie Bailey. Dancer.
“I did my first onstage competition when I was 3 years old and I was determined I to bring home a trophy. And I did. Determination is key in this industry. We do long hours everyday and it takes a toll on our body. Injuries do occur, I had hip surgery at age 16 – so you have to have a strong mind and that determination to get through things like that.
It was March last year and I was in a lot of pain while dancing. I went and saw a specialist, had an MRI, and was told I had a tear in my lateral cartilage in the hip joint. I was told the tear was too large to not operate on, however I didn’t want the surgery during the year as I still had my exams and performances to complete; so I held out and got the surgery in December.
As a dancer our most important tools are our bodies, so yes, it was definitely a hard year. I was constantly in pain but there really wasn’t much I could do about it. All I could do was persevere and think of what’s ahead. I just had to suck it up and perform to my best, which I did, because I was doing what I loved most. And that’s all that mattered to me.
Dance is my everything; it’s where I find my peace, solace, and my inner self.”
“Ballet is made to look effortless, but to be honest it’s no walk in the park. You spend hours standing in front of a mirror judging and correcting yourself so every movement looks perfect and easy. Ballet takes a lot more strength and physical toll than outsiders really understand.
As a dancer you always have to accept who you are and where you are at; because at the end of the day, as long as you’re doing the best you can, that’s all you can ask for.
One of my favourite quotes is by Martha Graham – “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
And it’s true. Dance is ALL about your passion!
Dance has taught me so much. Moving away from home at the age of 15 to pursue further training taught me a lot about self discipline. I’m having to do my school work online, as well as my course work for the institute. Not having your parents here is hard, but at the end of the day you remember why you’re here. Its all for something you love doing, and that makes it all worth it.”
Thank you Georgie.
Shot on Mamiya C330. Film stock Kodak Portra 160 (pushed) + TriX 400.
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