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FOR­MER WA Bal­let prin­ci­pal dancer Jayne Smeul­ders may have re­tired from pro­fes­sional per­for­mance at the end of the com­pany’s Beauty and the Beast sea­son in May but she is busier than ever.

“I’m run­ning around, get­ting lots of phone calls ask­ing for teach­ing and coach­ing,” Smeul­ders said.

“And get­ting to do lots more fam­ily stuff; I saw Cooper (seven-yearold son and youngest of three) get his merit cer­tifi­cate, which was great.”

Smeul­ders said she hung up her tutu mid year be­cause her body was start­ing to hurt.

“You can’t be a dancer half-heart­edly, par­tic­u­larly a prin­ci­pal dancer; you have to be 100 per cent and that was the type of dancer I al­ways wanted to be,” she said.

Bal­let mis­tress Sandy De­lasalleS­can­nella said she was glad Smeul­ders had kept busy and said it was the only way to cope af­ter a life­time of the adren­a­line rush danc­ing pro­vided, putting de­mands both on the body and mind.

“It’s what you are used to,” De­lasalle-Scan­nella said, speak­ing from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You find other ways to keep WA BAL­LET'S THE NUTCRACKER WHERE: His Majesty's The­atre WHEN: Un­til De­cem­ber 11 TICK­ETS: www.tick­ busy: teach­ing peo­ple and get­ting in­volved in chore­og­ra­phy.”

Smeul­ders has done just that by join­ing De­lasalle-Scan­nella and her hus­band, WA Bal­let artis­tic di­rec­tor Aure­lien Scan­nella, to chore­o­graph a new pro­duc­tion of The Nutcracker at His Majesty’s The­atre un­til De­cem­ber 11.

French-born De­lasalle-Scan­nella said she hoped the pro­duc­tion would be­come a big tra­di­tion, as it was in Europe.

“Since Perth hasn’t had an orig­i­nal The Nutcracker for a long time, it was time to make one,” she said.

“We’ve been work­ing on it in our heads for over a year, so it’s a re­lief to fi­nally let it out and see it.”

The pair said it was a bal­let suit­able for all ages that had ev­ery­thing in it, from the magic of Christ­mas to tech­ni­cally out­stand­ing danc­ing, lots of laughs and even a few rats.

Tanya MacNaughton

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d461538

Chore­og­ra­phers Jayne Smeul­ders and Sandy De­lasalle-Scan­nella.

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