Natalie Taylor, finalist in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Natalie Taylor, finalist in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship, revealed why she chose to perform the role of Aurora from Sleeping Beauty in the Final and shared the inspiration behind her love of ballet. She also discussed why her friends and family are her biggest motivation.
What inspired your passion for ballet?
I think as a kid you are drawn to ballet because you have discovered a new and exciting way to move your body and you feel this amazing sensation! As I grew up, I learnt more about it and I started to really understand and appreciate the art form and this is from where my true passion started to evolve.
Who inspires you and why?
The people who surround me every day, my family and friends inspire me most. I am inspired by watching and learning from how they overcome everyday challenges, their successes, ambitions and approach in life.
Tell us a little bit about the classical variation that you performed at the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship AND WHY YOU CHOSE IT.
I chose Aurora Act 1 as I really enjoy dancing this role, there is a real breadth and elegance in the choreography but still shows different dynamics. This solo has a beautiful aura to it. I’ve also enjoyed developing the character of Aurora, who I think she is and not what others perceive her to be.
Which other performers do you most like to watch, and why?
I really like watching musical theatre performers and ballet performers. I enjoy watching Natalia Osipova, Alina Cojocaru and Steven McRae.
What is the best piece of performance advice you've ever heard?
I find not forgetting to breathe is always helpful advice!
What are you hoping to achieve next?
I hope to continue on the path to achieving my dreams.