‘Places I have found through dancing are thrill, nervous tension, freedom and an enjoyment that can only be described if you have experienced it for yourself,’ she told Community.
The emerging dancer and choreographer is set to star in Australian Dance |Theatre’s production G, a 60-minute high-octane contemporary deconstruction of classical ballet Giselle.
The occasion will mark the company’s first tour to Perth since 1988 and the maiden WA visit by the company’s revered artistic director Garry Stewart, regarded as one of the world’s leading choreographers.
Allen’s earliest dance experience was dancing to songs from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar and wearing sequinned costumes.
At 15, she realised dance could become a professional career.
‘I was so excited by the fact I could dance all day until my body gave way,’ she said.
‘At this time, I moved from a jazz school to a ballet school to be able to improve my ballet technique and focus more on pursuing this new goal.’
Career highlights have included completing her dance training at WAAPA with distinction, participating in an exchange program in Chinese Taipei, being named Most Outstanding Dance and Dancer to Watch in the Dance Australia 2008 critics’ review and joining the esteemed Sydney Dance Company in 2010.
Beyond G, Allen will enjoy a two-month holiday in Italy before returning to Perth to work with director Sally Richardson for her new work Mermaid X.
Next year is also set to be big with her pending nuptials.
‘I’m usually back in Perth twice a year but from September this year, I will be based for longer than two trips,’ she said.
‘I miss my family and friends, the beautiful beaches and familiarity.’