Today we’re speaking with the magnificent Amy Harris, principal dancer with the Australian Ballet. Amy, grew up in the small town of Ararat in rural Victoria, and along with her two sisters, learnt tap, ballet and jazz at her local hall. From there it was the dream run—at 15, Amy was accepted into the Australian Ballet School, before being offered a contract with the Australian Ballet Company on graduation—by the newly appointed director David McAllister no less. For many aspiring dancers, it was the dream run. But from here, Amy’s journey changed speeds. In this beautifully candid interview Amy talks about the highs and the lows of her career, about body confidence, becoming pregnant, her mid-year interviews with David McAllister, and ultimately coming to terms with not being made a principal dancer—until magically, 17 years later and newly pregnant with her second child, she was.
Amy continues to perform as a principal with the Australian Ballet, all the while juggling life with her husband Senior Artist Jarryd Madden and their two cherished children Willow and Phoenix. While retirement is not yet in sight, in her spare time Amy is training as a wedding celebrant. To continue to follow all of Amy’s adventures, you can find her on Instagram @amyharris_7
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