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BACKSTAGE with Nadia Tornese

How old were you when you started dancing?

"I started out a self-taught dancer at around age 12. Dancing around in my bedroom and learning film clip choreography off MTV! My formal training began at full-time dance at age 20."

Tell us about your training. Where, who with, what styles etc?

"My training began in full-time dance at Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance. It was super challenging and scary in the beginning because I was so late in starting my training. I was surrounded by dancers who had all been dancing since a very young age. I was so fortunate to have amazing and supportive friends, teachers and mentors pushing me to my limits and always willing to invest time into me to make sure I really understood things and was reaching my full potential. I studied all styles of dance in my two years with some amazing working professionals who always went the extra mile to teach us more than just steps which I feel is super important."

What was your first professional job?

"My first professional job was a corporate job at Crown in Melbourne at a launch party for a new radio station."

What has been a favourite on stage or professional moment?

"I have had so many! and I'm grateful for every opportunity that comes my way but one that really stands out was working with Meghan Trainor and her creative director Charm LaDonna."

What do you wish you had known as a young dancer that you know now as a professional, or what advice to can you give to young dancers in training?

"So many things come to mind in regards to advice one that I always think is a stand out is being versatile! This will give you longevity in the industry and so many more working opportunities as a dancer.

Another piece of advice as cheesy as it may sounds is BE YOU!! There is only one of you so be that find out what makes you different and special and go for gold!"

What advice would you give to dancers who want to become professional?

"Stay in the right classes and continue to challenge yourself because training and learning never really stops for anyone. I also think it's important to always be respectful, professional, helpful, on time and remember hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

What does 2019 hold for you?

"Hopefully more travel and of course lots of creating and dancing!"

Nadia has worked for Meghan Trainor (Assistant Choreographer), Kylie Minogue dancer, Nickelodeon (Choreographer), The Wrong Girl (Choreographer) (Network 10) Neighbours (Choreographer) (Network 10) MC Hammer (The Project Dancer) (Network 10) and you don't want to miss her class at VDF 2019!


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