ALLANAH MARIE #WHYIDANCE

Carly Webber - Film & Strobe Portraits of Ballet Dancer Allanah with Kodak Portra 160 pushed film

Allanah Marie. Dancer. “My dance career ended because I was at a crossroads. My teachers were encouraging me to progress into auditions and eventually sit my Solo Seal with the RAD, however my hip injury hindered my progression as a dancer, and it was only getting worse. I could either have surgery on it to then audition for a dance company and continue my training; or move on to something...

EDEN #WHYIDANCE

Eden McAuliffe. Dancer. “There is so much stereotype surrounding dancers. I know from experience how tough it can get, especially when you’re younger. You’re gonna cop it. You’ll have those spells where you get bullied for doing dance. But if you love it, you just have to ignore it and push though. A lot of dance schools are not set up to cater for boys, which doesn’t help. You know,...

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...

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...