Raising the barre
A CAREER IN BALLET AHEAD
BALLET dancer Aiden Foster left school after Year 8 to pursue a career in ballet and it looks like it is paying off.
The 17-year-old is a member of the Charlesworth Ballet Institute in Burswood and just came back from competing in the McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships finals at the Sydney Opera House on August 2, where he made the final.
After initially heading over there in July to compete with 170 others in the 16-19 years solo event, he eventually made it to the final eight – three males and five females – who performed at the Opera House.
He was the only WA person selected in the final eight and although he did not win, the performance put him in front of a plethora of national judges and talent scouts.
Aiden said there were many big names in the Australian ballet industry at the final who were impressed with his performances.
“I kind of didn't know what to expect; it was a very hard comp and I was very surprised. It was a good experience,” he said.
“I got quite nervous in front of such a big audience; it was really good.”
Aiden started dancing when he was two years old, doing jazz and tap, but by the age of 14 he realised he had a talent for ballet and wanted to make a career out of it.
He went to John Curtin College of the Arts for a year but was then offered a scholarship to Charlesworth Ballet Institute in 2012, with this year being his final year.
“I have just always enjoyed ballet as it quite challenging and tough on the body as I am always injuring myself,” he said, while wearing plastic boots to warm his feet so he did not get muscle damage.
“There is more opportunity once you get older as you get into companies.
“Most people don't take on people until they are at least 19 or 20.”
Aiden said he was planning to move to Europe next year as there were more opportunities and more companies willing to pay for his performances.
Aiden Foster in action.