BALLET WORLD IS AT HER FEET
www.communitypix.com.au 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.
Jasmine Henry (12) in the studio.