Claire makes pointe de­spite past pain

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

BAL­LET dancer Claire Kaines is about to em­bark on the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time, but it was a dream that al­most never was af­ter an ac­ci­dent three years ago.

The 19-year-old wasn’t even two when she started danc­ing at the Va­lerie He­ston School of Dance in Bi­bra Lake, but a life­time of danc­ing and train­ing al­most came un­stuck when she crushed a bone in her foot while in class.

“I con­tin­ued to dance for about an hour af­ter as we are so used to be­ing in pain when we dance, I didn’t re­alise I had done so much dam­age,” she said.

“I was told by the sur­geon he could hope­fully get me back to danc­ing again, but prob­a­bly not on pointe as he needed to insert screws and a bone graft into my foot.

“I was de­ter­mined to con­tinue danc­ing and although the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion was long and hard it was def­i­nitely worth it to get me back do­ing what I love.

“It was nearly two years be­fore I could do my first pointe class and from then I never looked back.”

Now fully re­cov­ered, Kaines will take her tal­ents on to the big stage af­ter be­com­ing the first WA dancer to be ac­cepted to the Jof­frey Bal­let School trainee pro­gram in New York.

“I am the first per­son from WA to be ac­cepted; they don’t ac­cept many peo­ple from world­wide au­di­tions each year,” she said.

The four-year course, which in­cludes classes on clas­si­cal tech­nique, pointe, anatomy, nu­tri­tion and bal­let reper­toire, could cul­mi­nate in Kaines earn­ing a cov­eted place in a bal­let com­pany.

“I hope to gain the knowl­edge and abil­ity to work in a clas­si­cal bal­let com­pany and I will be au­di­tion­ing for com­pa­nies all over the world dur­ing my time at Jof­frey,” she said. “I don’t mind where. “I would love to travel and ex­pe­ri­ence the world.”­mu­ni­ d485221

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