Baby steps to lead­ing light

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thought it would be cute and some­thing lit­tle girls did,” Petro­vski, of May­lands, said.

“The more I went, the less I would cry and then I de­cided I quite liked it.”

When she was eight, Petro­vski's bal­let teacher sug­gested she au­di­tion for the Aus­tralian Bal­let School, which she did suc­cess­fully and stud­ied at un­til she was 18 years old.

“Danc­ing was some­thing I had a huge pas­sion for and didn’t feel the same about any­thing else,” she said.

“I re­ally en­joyed bal­let and thought I could make a ca­reer out of it.”

Petro­vski con­tin­ued on her ca­reer tra­jec­tory when she joined WA Bal­let in March in the Young Artist Pro­gram, where she made her de­but in the May sea­son of La Syl­phide.

The 21-year-old’s ded­i­ca­tion and hard work since then has paid off, re­warded with the lead­ing role of Clara in The Nutcracker sea­son and a pro­mo­tion to Corps de Bal­let in 2019.

“My Corps de Bal­let con­tract for next year means I’m part of the com­pany, which is re­ally spe­cial,” she said.

“The Young Artist Pro­gram is like an ap­pren­tice­ship po­si­tion and it’s re­ally nice be­cause you get to work closely with the com­pany and the artis­tic staff gets to see what you’re like and how you work with the com­pany.”

Petro­vski said she per­formed in The Nutcracker in her first year at the Aus­tralian Bal­let School and re­mem­bered be­ing in awe of Clara and her jour­ney.

“So now it’s a dream come true that I’m do­ing the role,” she said.

“She is a very play­ful, hy­per­ac­tive and sweet char­ac­ter who is en­chanted by so many things.

“It’s won­der­ful to dance and I’m still in shock I’ll be do­ing it on stage.

“Ev­ery­one has heard of The Nutcracker; it’s a truly mag­i­cal, beau­ti­ful and fam­ily-friendly bal­let.”

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Julio Blanes and Asja Petro­vski will per­form The Nutcracker Christ­mas clas­sic at His Majesty’s The­atre. Pic­ture: An­drew RitchieTHE ES­SEN­TIALS

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