Q: How long have you been doing Physie?
A: I started physie in 2002 with Brittanny, my twin sister, when we were 8 years old.
Q: What do you love most about teaching Physie?
A: I love seeing dancers achieve small wins every week. Its not the major prize at the end of the year, it’s seeing a girl get the arabesque, nail a turn out, complete a routine with perfect posture or even just keep their eyes focused in class. Hearing a little 6 year old say “I kept my eyes up the whole time” with the biggest smile on their face because they are proud of themselves is what makes it all worth it. It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others for what we ‘cant do’ in this world. Helping and encouraging everyone to achieve and celebrate their small wins is the greatest reward as a teacher.
Q: Who has inspired you the most on your Physie journey?
A: My biggest inspiration is my twin sister Brit. In our early years she was my reason to work hard and push myself. After all, we were living with our competition. In recent years I have been so fortunate to share my Physie success with her side stage at every performance. She is the last person I talk to before competing to centre my thoughts and get into the right headspace, to back myself and not overthink what I have to do. The best advice Brit has given, which has changed my physie mindset, was this: “Good physie will always be noticed, regardless of where you stand or what you wear”. Every day I am inspired by her love, confidence and wisdom.
Q: What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
A: “Focus on your why and you’ll never be disappointed.” As a highly competitive person, I was often disappointed when the comp result didn’t go the way I had desperately hoped. Once I started to focus on enjoying every second of performing and not worrying about the result, I started to achieve what I hoped for. Instead of focusing on competing for a result, I enjoy being able to perform for the judges and the audience. I love Physie so much and I hope I express that when performing.
Q: What is the most surprising thing since you started your club?
A: We started the club in 2013 with just 6 members. Then, the numbers quite literally double each week, finishing the year with 40 girls in the 7-8 year age group alone!
The second most unexpected thing, which I still can’t quite believe (but couldn’t be more grateful for) is seeing my once tiny little juniors dancers flourish into passionate assistant teachers who are bursting to teach the next physie generation. It is one of the most proud, yet truly humbling, feelings in the world to recognise the impact I’ve made on their lives and to know they will pass this legacy on to their own students in the future.
Q: What are you looking forward to in the 2021 Physie year?
A: In 2021, North Pointe is so excited to become part of the BJP Physie community. So far we have enjoyed learning and teaching an exciting and well-structed syllabus and our students are loving the music and professional training video! As a club we are really looking forward to participating in team competitions in QLD, the option of replacing the leotard with on-trend activewear, and having access to a country-wide supportive dance network. And I’m really looking forward to some national competitions, in particular watching all the amazing girls at the spectacular ICC theatre.