Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

BAL­LET­mu­ni­ d444080 THE dream of grow­ing up to be­come a pro­fes­sional bal­let dancer is fast be­com­ing a re­al­ity for Jas­mine Henry.

The 12-year-old bal­le­rina, who stud­ies in Bur­swood, has just fin­ished danc­ing in her sec­ond ma­jor per­for­mance in two years.

Jas­mine was se­lected to play the child ver­sion of lead­ing char­ac­ter Swanilda in the West Aus­tralian Bal­lets’ 2015 sea­son of Cop­pelia af­ter at­tend­ing master classes with the state com­pany.

Last year, she also graced the stage in La Fille Mal Gardee.

Jas­mine has been de­scribed by her teach­ers as a beau­ti­ful young dancer with ex­cep­tional tal­ent.

She is cur­rently in her sec­ond year of full time study at Charlesworth Bal­let In­sti­tute’s in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed col­lege pro­gram, which al­lows her to com­bine her bal­let and aca­demic stud­ies.

She has also been se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the Aus­tralian Bal­let Schools In­ter­state Train­ing Pro­gram and trav­els to Mel­bourne each year to par­tic­i­pate in level 3 classes for gifted stu­dents.

In the fu­ture, Jas­mine hopes to per­form in coun­tries across the world with a ma­jor bal­let com­pany.

“Bal­let is one of the most chal­leng­ing forms of art and I found clas­si­cal bal­let the most in­ter­est­ing ca­reer that I could see my­self do­ing,” she said.

“I ab­so­lutely loved the thought of per­form­ing on stage and em­body­ing a char­ac­ter. I en­joy the work in the stu­dio, be­ing free to make mis­takes, but most of all I love the feel­ing of be­ing in a whole dif­fer­ent world on stage.”

Danc­ing has been a part of Jas­mine’s life for the past eight years.

She first put on a pair of bal­let shoes at age four and started to at­tend full-time classes two years ago at Charlesworth Bal­let In­sti­tute. She trains five days a week for an av­er­age of eight hours un­der The Vaganova method, a clas­si­cal bal­let tech­nique and train­ing sys­tem de­vised by Rus­sian dancer Agrip­pina Vaganova.

For her 2014 stage exam, Jas­mine re­ceived ex­cep­tional marks from in­ter­na­tional and na­tional guests in­clud­ing prin­ci­pal dancer from The Aus­tralian Bal­let, Leane Sto­j­menov.

Pic­ture: Robin Kor­net

Jas­mine Henry (12) in the stu­dio.

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