Born in the small regional town of Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia, Zoe commenced full time vocational ballet training at age 13 at Projection Dance school. After a highly successful finals performance at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York City, she received numerous scholarships to prestigious ballet schools across Europe and the USA.

 

Zoe chose to complete her training at the esteemed HARID Conservatory in Florida. Upon graduating from The HARID, Zoe became a member of the Sarasota Ballet Company of Florida at the young age of 17. In her short career she has already performed works by Ashton, Bintley and Balanchine. Currently Zoe is working with renowned choreographer, Tim Podesta and collaborating with international artists to perform classical and modern works across Australia and internationally.

 

 

You studied at the prestigious Harid Conservatory. What is something you’ve taken from that experience and kept sacred/alive in your current life and/or practise?

The whole experience was unique. The fact that I was only 15, in a different country surrounded by like-minded dance students who had also left home with the same intentions of becoming a professional dancer, felt surreal. What I took away from the overall experience was the discipline I learnt from my teachers. As a professional dancer you have to become self-aware and take accountability for your own technique and growth as a dancer. We were taught that a strong work ethic will always be an active part of your improvement and that is something I practice every day.

 

As a kid growing up in the country, what brought you to dance?

I grew up in a small country town and started dancing recreationally, not knowing the extent of the art form and industry. When I was 11 years old, my former dance teacher recommended I take my training further at Regional Academy of performing Arts in Wodonga, now Projection Dance School with Tim Podesta. I was instantly drawn to the professionalism of the school and felt privileged to meet and work with all of the guest artists. This was when I knew I wanted to pursue a career in dance.


What direction would you like to see your practise and profession go in?

I’m very excited by what I am doing at the moment. Working with Tim Podesta allows me the opportunity to work with amazing dancers from around the world in both classical and contemporary. In 2019 we have a number of performances in Australia and abroad and like Tim it is important to me that within these tours we continue to cultivate interest and opportunities for regional and rural audiences to access high quality performing arts.

 

What projects or shows do you have coming up that you’re most excited about?

On the 10th of November this year we have a brand new production of Sinbad the Sailor making its premiere at the Cube Wodonga. It is quite significant that this premiere is happening regionally as we have star dancers appearing in this performance.
After Sinbad I head to Europe where I will be performing with International Star Marlon Dino. It’s a real thrill for me to be working with Marlon as he is recognised as being one of the best pas de deux partners around. Then after that I’ll be enjoying a break as we prepare for a gala performance at the end of January!

 

What advice would you give to someone who would like to pursue a professional life in ballet?

It’s very important to stick to your own path. In today’s world where social media has such an impact on our lives, it’s only natural we find ourselves comparing our abilities to others. That’s why it is important to stay true to the type of dancer that you are. Take time to explore different opportunities whether it be the genre of dance, different companies or suitable locations. Your first choice isn’t always your only choice in such a creative industry.

 

 

FAVOURITES 

 

Favourite hangout/ place in the Murray Arts regions? 

I enjoy going to the Hot House Theatre to watch one of the fabulous live performances.


Favourite season?

I am definitely a summer girl. I love being out and about and getting my vitamin D when I am not in the studio.


Favourite city?

At the moment, New York City!


Sweet or savoury?

I have a massive sweet tooth!

 

 

 

Find out more about Zoe on her website.

 

 

Or, see her perform in Sinbad the Sailor at The Cube Wodonga, Saturday 10 November.

 

 

 

© Photography of Zoe Cavedon by Ron Fung.