Pointe shoes, leotards and a lot of practice are a normal day at the office for Australian Ballet soloist Jade Wood

REHEARSALS: Soloist Jade Wood practicing for her performance in Giselle. Photo: Contribued

REHEARSALS: Soloist Jade Wood practicing for her performance in Giselle. Photo: Contribued

Day long rehearsals going back to ballet’s basics and performing on stage at night to audiences all around Australia, is all in a days work for Australia Ballet Soloist Jade Wood.

Having began her dance career spending her childhood in the back of her mum’s dance studio in Cairns, Ms Wood says that dancing was always something she was going to do.

“From as early as I can remember, I spent my days at my mum’s studio and from as soon as I could walk I began taking classes, and it has really just gone on from then,” Ms Wood said.

“I think I always thought one day I would be a ballerina,” she said.

She moved to Melbourne to continue dancing and signed with the Australian Ballet company in 2010 before being made a soloist at the beginning of 2017, and says a day in her life consists of rehearsals and performing.

“The best part about being a ballerina is that I get to share my passion with the audience every night and with my colleagues all day long.

“Being able to show people such a unique art form is something I really enjoy, and for me, touring with the company has been a great way to get out and see Australia, with people in smaller towns so enthusiastic when we come and visit,” she said.

The best part about being a Ballerina is that I get to share my passion with the audience every night and with my colleagues all day long - Jade Wood

“Each day we have a morning class where we warm up our bodies and practice the ballet we are working on, which can be up to two or three different ballets at once, before a rest and another class before getting ready for a performance in the evening.”

“When we are on tour it is a little bit different because when we get to a new town we need to practice so we get a feel for the theatre as they are all a bit different, but we still have our morning and afternoon classes on the road,” she said.

The Australian Ballet is coming to Port Macquarie on October 21, to perform Giselle.

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