Meet the amazing women who entertain us, inspire us, and show us how with unfaltering dedication our childhood aspirations are in reach. With creativity, humour and a huge dose a girl-power, these are the women you need to know more about.
Clare Morehen – Principal Dancer Queensland Ballet
I was born in Sunbury, Victoria.
How did you get started?
I began ballet classes at my local dance school, The Sunbury School of Dancing, at age three. My mother was the instigator of my introduction to dance. As a child in England, and later on as an adult in Australia she loved the art and discipline of dance. She sent me along to classes because of her love for the artform, and probably the need of some quiet time! Unbeknownst to her, I would fall in love with this intended hobby and make it my life’s profession and passion.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment, my main focus is to rehabilitate from a surgery I undertook towards the end of 2015. My goal is to perform in our first main-stage season of Liam Scarlett’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Your favourite QLD destination?
My favourite places to escape to are the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Hinterlands. I find exploring rainforests to be soothing, centering and grounding. I absolutely adore the untouched beauty, and mixed with exceptional wineries, you can’t go wrong! My fiancé and I escape for long weekends whenever we get the opportunity and are hoping to get married at one of the spectacular venues next year!
Who inspires you?
I am hugely inspired by the number of exceptionally talented, powerful and successful women we have across the departments here at Queensland Ballet. They not only enable me to excel within my current profession, but also push me to develop broader skill sets across a number of disciplines. Due to their expertise, guidance and mentorship, I have discovered new potential and abilities I never thought possible.
What would you do if you weren’t a principal dancer?
Over the past few years, I have discovered a passion for teaching, coaching and lecturing. I find challenging and inspiring the next generation, to be an uplifting and addictive experience.
What advice would give to anyone looking to join the ballet?
I would recommend ballet classes to literally anyone! You will learn about your own body and physicality, discover creative abilities you never knew you possessed and develop skills that both enhance and are transferrable to a number of occupations. The body-awareness and discipline that is taught through classical ballet is unlike anything I have ever experienced. I would encourage everyone to give it a try, test their body’s limits and discover the beauty and creative potential they possess. It’s exhilarating!
What is your most memorable onstage moment so far?
There is a sensation that exists among professional athletes, where they know, without doubt, that they are going to succeed. Whether the fates align, or magic is possible, their desire for the ultimate outcome comes to fruition. There is no fear. A mixture of complete calm and pure elation take over, as you know that everything you are about to execute and have trained for are going to eventuate. This has happened to me once, and only once in my eleven and a half years as a professional dancer. It was during a performance of Swan Lake, when I was performing the Black Swan Pas De Deux.
The best advice you’ve ever received is….
My previous director, Francois Klaus, once told me not to take myself too seriously. I was so bogged down with the technical aspect of my profession that I was not allowing myself to experience the true beauty of the artform. His important piece of advice has enabled me to develop a deeper level of understanding of my artform and the powerful potential it has to enrich my life and those of the people who come to share it.
See Clare perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream at QPAC from April 1-16.
Tickets at qpac.com.au