Passion to perform

Well balanced: Perth gymnast Tain Molendijk. Picture: Marcus Whisson d417154
Well balanced: Perth gymnast Tain Molendijk. Picture: Marcus Whisson d417154

The 20-year-old, who will feature as part of the Joondalup Festival this weekend, performs throughout Europe as part of Belgium-based circus collective 15feet6.

At the age of five, Ms Molendijk started training as a gymnast at Star-Mites Gym in Bayswater and she was accepted into the WA Institute of Sport when she was eight.

But performing was her passion from an early age and after high school she spent two years touring North America with Cirque du Soleil.

Returning to Australia for a series of performances, Ms Molendijk is back training at Star Mites in preparation for the Joondalup event.

‘It is good to be back where it began,’ she said.

‘I never liked competing, so I did not have aspirations to be an Olympic gymnast.

‘I always loved performing and I really enjoy entertaining audiences.’

Ms Molendijk said 15feet6’s performances comprised circus acts on Russian bar, Chinese pole, aerial hoop and teeterboard.

‘We train about three to four hours a day, so it can be exhausting,’ she said.

‘It has been an amazing experience travelling around the world and doing something you love.

‘I don’t even feel like I am working because I get to do my hobby every day.

‘I hope to keep doing this for many years.’

Tain Molendijk and 15feet6 will join other international and local performers for Joondalup Festival’s cabaret under the big top on Saturday, March 29, at 9.30pm.