Paloma Hendry-Hodsdon on stage in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Aspiring ballerina Paloma Hendry-Hodsdon has recently been given the opportunity of a lifetime, to work and travel around Australia with everyone’s favourite childhood entertainers – The Wiggles.
Paloma, who resides in Victoria, was a finalist in the 2017 Robert & Elizabeth Albert Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship and explained she has been dancing since the time she could walk.
"I don’t ever remember not dancing or doing ballet lessons, I was wearing leotards & tutus before I was 2 years old! I have danced everyday since, I love dancing so much."
The “Wiggly Christmas Big Show” arena spectacular is a Christmas celebration! The tour first began in Perth on 18 November and will finish in Sydney on the 23 December.
"The experience of working with The Wiggles on their Wiggly Christmas Big Show has been amazing, they are the nicest people and they are very supportive,” said Paloma.
“I have learnt so much and to dance in Arenas around Australia in front of 10,000 people is beyond incredible. I feel so lucky, it is such a privilege and a time I will never forget."
Paloma is a dancer in the show and dances several classical pieces alongside Emma Wiggle. She also performs Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, Highland and Irish routines, which has been a new experience for her.
“Prior to rehearsals I took Tap and Highland lessons which was hard at first as I really have only ever learnt Classical Ballet, it was challenging but fun at the same time" she said.
This was Paloma’s first year competing in Sydney Eisteddfod and considers making it through to the final round of the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Ballet Scholarship a highlight of her year.
"Competing in the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Ballet Scholarship in 2017 really helped my confidence as this was the first major ballet competition I have ever competed in. I entered for the experience, I was so happy to make it through to the Semi Finals and to hear my number called out as a Finalist was beyond incredible" she said.
"Thank you Sydney Eisteddfod for this great, positive experience of learning and I am looking forward to visiting Sydney again next year".
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Paloma on this fabulous achievement and wishes her the best of luck with her upcoming shows.