ONCE UPON A TIME
Romance blossomed at the barre for these two Australian Ballet dancers. Warning: cute love story ahead...
How and where did you meet?
Jarryd: I met Amy when I joined the Company in 2007. Amy had been in the company for five years, then in walked this young stud! Amy: Tickets!
How did you get together?
J: Amy and I first became friends when we were partnered together in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. We realised we’re both from country towns, love going to music concerts, love Japanese food, love ballet (obviously), and love and wanted kids. So I spent the next year convincing Amy it was a good idea to go out with me. She wasn’t sold on me to begin with but perseverance paid off!
When did you know you had found The One?
A: About a month in! I was one of those girls: dreamt of the proposal, the wedding, house and babies. I also spoke a lot about the future with Jarryd, which I had never done before. I was smitten. J: I also knew pretty early on. Amy is beautiful and constantly makes me happy and laugh and I thought I’ve got it too good to ever lose her.
How was your wedding?
A: It was one of the best days of my life (the other being the birth of our daughter, Willow). It was quite classic. We had our ceremony in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, followed by a reception at Quat Quatta in Ripponlea.
What was it like putting your first dance together?
A: We didn’t! Too much pressure with us being professional dancers.
How do you keep the spark alive in your relationship?
A: We work together, but we don’t dance together anymore. Maybe that’s the secret. J: I try and leave work at work. Ballet is very consuming and it’s easy to bring it all home. Every now and then, I like to surprise Amy with a kind gesture. Something small to let her know I’m thinking about her, like buying her flowers or surprising her with dinner.
Do you dance at home?
A: Of course! We have a two and a half year old. The Frozen soundtrack is on high rotation. J: All the time, but never ballet. Only the daggiest of dance moves are allowed in our house.