Tylah Johns: Australian Semi-Finalist in The Fonteyn 2023:
- What does it mean to you to be selected as one of the semi-finalists for The Fonteyn? How does it feel to be part of this event?
Being selected as one of the semi-finalists for The Fonteyn is an absolute honour. To be a part of such a prestigious event is both humbling and incredibly exciting. It’s an opportunity to showcase my passion on an international stage and learn from some of the best in the world.
- Can you tell us about your journey in ballet and what inspired you to pursue dance at such a high level?
My ballet journey began at Whitsunday Dance Connection when I was 5 under the guidance of my teachers, Jenny Featherstone and Paula Bradley. I was drawn to dance at a young age by the beauty and expressiveness of ballet. My training in ballet has now taken me to Atelier Australia with Miss Heidi Landford, where I dance fultime. What inspired me to pursue dance at this high level is the sheer joy I find in every movement, the discipline it instills, and the emotions I can convey through dance. My teachers have been my pillars of strength, shaping me into the dancer I am today.
- The Fonteyn showcases exceptional talent from around the world. How have you been preparing for this competition, both physically and mentally?
Preparing for The Fonteyn has been an intensive process, both physically and mentally. I’ve been working on perfecting my technique and artistry, pushing my limits in every practice. Mentally, I’ve been focusing on staying calm under pressure, visualising my performances, and maintaining a strong mindset. It’s also crucial to rest and take care of my body to prevent injuries during this preparation. I thank my current teacher Miss Heidi Landford for her unwavering support.
- What advice would you give to other aspiring young ballet dancers who aspire to participate in prestigious competitions like The Fonteyn International Ballet Competition?
To aspiring young ballet dancers, I would say: never underestimate the power of perseverance and passion. Embrace every challenge as an opportunity to grow. Most importantly, never lose sight of the joy that dancing brings to your heart.
- Finally, could you please share one interesting and ‘fun fact’ about yourself?
One fun fact about me is that I have never been outside of Australia before so this trip to London for the Fonteyn is my first time overseas!
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