Munich ballet school beckons for Trigg teen Jaimie Ford


Ballerina Jaimie Ford (19) has been selected for a position at a leading German ballet school. Picture: Marie Nirme
Ballerina Jaimie Ford (19) has been selected for a position at a leading German ballet school. Picture: Marie Nirme

TRIGG resident Jaimie Ford is taking a leap of faith to pursue a dance career in Europe.

The 19-year-old was accepted to study at Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance in Munich and will begin in September.

Jaimie, who trains at Charlesworth Ballet School in Burswood, said she started dancing at just three years old.

“I think my love affair with dance started like most little girls; tutus, pointe shoes, sparkles and prancing around like a fairy – every little girl’s dream,” she said.

Jaimie recently retuned from an audition tour of Europe, an experience she said was nerve-wracking and exciting.

“I was very nervous before the tour; I honestly didn’t think I was going to be accepted into any schools,” she said.

“I did seven school auditions and I was accepted into four schools.

“In respect to ballet and dancing it is a whole other world (in Europe).

“I met so many talented and dedicated dancers; it was so inspiring to be immersed in it all.”

Before the move to Germany, Jaimie said she would continue her fulltime training at Charlesworth Ballet School.

“Now that I have made my decision about moving to Munich I am full of excitement and nerves, but I’m also scared and sad to be leaving my loved ones behind,” she said.

“The training (in Germany) will be about eight hours a day, five days a week.

“In the final year of training at the school the most talented students get the opportunity to go on exchanges to different schools all over Europe.”

Jaimie will dance the lead role in Charlesworth Ballet’s Don Quixote tomorrow night at Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre in Karrinyup.