13 episodes

How do you keep your imagination alive? What inspires a ballerina? If you’re an artist whose instrument is your body, how do you cope with injury? Amber Petty meets the real people behind the magic on stage. Listen in and discover the fascinating (and unexpected) stories behind a world-class ballet company.

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How do you keep your imagination alive? What inspires a ballerina? If you’re an artist whose instrument is your body, how do you cope with injury? Amber Petty meets the real people behind the magic on stage. Listen in and discover the fascinating (and unexpected) stories behind a world-class ballet company.

    Express Yourself : Nathan Brook

    Express Yourself : Nathan Brook

    What’s it liking growing up a dancer in a sport-loving family? How do you follow your passion even if it goes against the grain?
    In this episode, Coryphée Nathan Brook talks about what it was like growing up the youngest of three brothers in the Northern Beaches of Sydney and why he chose to pursue an unlikely career in dance.
     
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    • 42 min
    I'm Still Standing | Dana Stephensen

    I'm Still Standing | Dana Stephensen

    Senior Artist Dana Stephensen never considered herself a ‘ballet girl’. As a highly spirited and boisterous child, she didn’t think she was quite elegant enough, but couldn’t help falling in love with the stage. In this episode, Dana shares her vulnerability as she tells us about becoming a mother, living with an autoimmune disease and juggling a demanding career, all while keeping her passion for performing alive.
     
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    • 56 min
    We Are Family : Jake Mangakahia

    We Are Family : Jake Mangakahia

    An artist’s commitment and drive is fundamental to shaping a successful career, but sometimes it takes the unconditional love and support of family to enable an aspiring dancer to go all the way.
    In our latest episode, newly promoted Soloist Jake Mangakahia goes back to his roots, and tells us how deeply his family and his background have inspired his creative path. 
     
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    • 31 min
    Don't Stop Me Now : Benedicte Bemet

    Don't Stop Me Now : Benedicte Bemet

    In our latest episode, newly-promoted Senior Artist Benedicte Bemet explains how it feels to be the face of our 2019 season, and what goes into shaping a successful career as a ballerina, beyond the spotlight of the stage.
     
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    • 38 min
    You Can Go Your Own Way : Graeme Murphy

    You Can Go Your Own Way : Graeme Murphy

    What was it like being a creative leader in the golden era of dance? In our latest episode, we chat to Australia’s most renown living Choreographer Graeme Murphy about finding his stride in the exhilarating dance culture of the 1970s and 1980’s and how he plans to paint the town gold in his new work The Happy Prince in 2019. 
     
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    • 39 min
    It's a Long Way to the Top : Amy Harris

    It's a Long Way to the Top : Amy Harris

    Amy Harris was a country kid from Ararat who dreamed of becoming a ballerina. Fast-forward seventeen years and she has paved a highly successful career in the company, but there was just one thing missing… Amy had convinced herself that her ultimate dream of becoming a Principal Artist might be out of her reach, until one enchanting evening, amidst rapturous applause, all eyes turned to Amy as her fairy tale came true.
     
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    • 45 min

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