Role: Blueberries teacher, Office Administration
Rose started learning off learning Jazz and Ballet at Legs when she was seven years old. She later moved over to Dance City to try something new, and it was there that she started her Hip Hop journey and passion. After Dance City, Rose moved to Fresh Funk in Tuggeranong where she began to learn more about the culture of dance and the use of expressions in performances. Gaining confidence, knowledge, and skills, Rose dived right into Hip Hop although she occasionally tried her hand at Contemporary with a twist of urbanism. Rose also studied dance through a Tertiary package in her two college years, where she learnt the history of dance, had to choreograph and film her own dance performances, and also performed at Dance Fest both years.
What got you into dance?
My love for music was what got me into dance. As a young girl, whenever I was listening to music, I would be dancing to it. Being able to be expressive through music and dance moves was one of the most amazing feelings even when I was younger. Also, my mum encouraged me a lot to be a dancer as she had a strong love for it also and would dance anytime she got the chance to.
What has dance taught you?
Dance has taught me to be more confident in myself and that you don’t have to be the best at anything, just give it a damn good try and do it with a smile on your face. I was never a really shy child but nothing really brought out the best in me until I started to dance. I became more expressive and wanted to be more active. Dance taught me that you don’t have to win any medals to be a good dancer, you just have to put all you’ve got into it and love yourself while you’re doing so.
What inspires you to keep on dancing?
I will always love to dance because of the happiness it brings to me. Sometimes dance is hard and puts strain on your body but like the quote says “if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”. My biggest inspiration through dance would have to be how far I have come and the wonderful opportunities I have been given. The feeling of dancing in itself is an inspiration.
Are you also an active sports person? What sports do you enjoy?
I LOVE being active. If there is ever a chance for me to play sport, I jump right in. Throughout my schooling years I played AFL, OzTag, soccer and I even tried out for the volley ball team! Anything that keeps me moving and active, I love. I try to get to the gym a few times a week and keep my body healthy and fit. I also love to swim; it relaxes the body whilst still being active.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell myself not be competitive or to compare my skill to anyone else’s. Be yourself and express every emotion you have through dance. The advice I would give my younger self about life in general would be nearly the same as dance; don’t compare yourself to others, be happy, confident and grateful for the endless opportunities you are given, but to most importantly, have fun with everything you do.