Creative Drinks Presents The Spring Fling: Amber Donnelly
Melinda Lyons | On 18, Sep 2014
We caught up with dancer, Amber Donnelly to talk about all things dance.
Amber Donnelly has been dancing since she was young, officially starting at Amy Fitz Universial Dance Studio inÂ 2005. She currently dances at Mad Dance House in the city. She is trained in dance styles such as Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Acrobatics.
CD: How did you get into dance?
Amber: Actually my older sister is the reason I started dancing in the first place. I was two years old and wanted to do everything she did, so mum enrolled me into ballet lessons. As I got older I started to take an interest in other styles and began training in tap, jazz, singing, Irish dancing, speech & drama and gymnastics. Dancing started out as just an afterschool hobby; it wasnâ€™t until I was 11 years old that I began thinking about wanting to one day become a professional dancer.
CD: What is your specific genre of dance?
Amber: My strongest, and definitely, favourite style of dance is hands down lyrical & contemporary. Even when Iâ€™m not at the studio I find myself with my laptop practicing in the backyard or garage. However, I donâ€™t want to be just one thing, my aim is to become the most versatile dancer that I can be and that involves dedicating time and hard work into training and taking classes in all styles of dance.
CD: What inspires you?
Amber: I believe to stay hungry for dance you need to keep yourself inspired for motivation. There are so many things I could list but to name a few would be; teachers and choreographers, because they offer so much and you’re always learning and getting something out of taking their class or learning their choreography. Other dancers who can do the steps better, or are really just nailing the choreography, I see as inspiration and try to put that into my work. Music is a big part of a dancers world and sometimes it helps when you’re learning a routine if the song or the lyrics relate to something youâ€™ve gone through, or felt like heartbreak & loss. Also, YouTube, I will be up until 2am sometimes just youtubing my life away on highly regarded choreographers & dancers overseas and in Australia.
CD: If you could dance with anyone living or dead who would it be, and what sort of styleÂ would it be?
Amber: Michael Jackson! He changed the music industry and world of dance. The genre would be a funky jazz number or something like in his music videos.
CD: What is a typical day like for you when you are performing or dancing?
Amber: Recently, I was apart of a show called Hype organised by Mad Dance House. I was in 7 pieces altogether and 3 of them were back to back, so I literally was changing in the wing side stage. Anyway, for one of the pieces the choreographer called a rehearsal at the CBD studio for 8-10am on the day of the show before we had to be at the theatre by 11:30am.
Once we arrived at the theatre we did a tech run, which involves running each piece twice flat out for the lighting, spacing & music. After tech run we had a full show run to see how people went with costume quick changes and to practice doing a run of the whole show. After that we had two hours to eat, do hair & make up and set up costumes, props etc., before the show officially started. It was a full on day & night and by the end I was exhausted but it was also one of the best nights in my life so far.
CD: What do you think of Brisbaneâ€™s dance scene?
Amber: Brisbane’s dance scene compared to something like LA, or even Sydney, is quiet small but it is growing and starting to get more recognition, which is good. I think social media is a great way to put yourself out there and get more exposure, and thatâ€™s what a lot of dancers are starting to do.
CD: Where is a place you would love to perform?
Amber: My ultimate dream is to perform at the Lincoln Centre, which is the home of Juilliard in New York City.
CD: Can you give us 3 words you would use to describe your work?
Amber: Technical, raw & free.
CD: What are 3 words your friends would use to describe you or your work?
Amber: Haha umm I get these three a lot ; flexible, crazy, ouch.
AmberÂ will be performingÂ at our Spring Fling Event. Details are below.
Who:Â Creative Drinks Presents The Spring Fling
Where:Â Fringe Bar, Fortitude Valley, 4006
When:Â Thursday 18th September, 2014
Cost:Â Tickets are $15 including booking fee and can be purchasedÂ hereÂ or at the door on the night
Social Media: Like ourÂ Facebook pageÂ to get regular updates on the event.
More Info:Â This is an 18+ event and venue.
Image Credit: Tumblr, Samara Macchia