Since her retirement as a principal dancer with the West Australian Ballet, choreographer Jayne Smeulders works at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts as a unit coordinator, musical theatre choreographer, and teacher/guest choreographer in the Elite Program (classical ballet). In May, she will present an adapted version of her creation Cinderella to the music of Prokofiev with new characters, costumes, as well as new staging.
“My love for choreography stems from listening to music and feeling the need to express what I am hearing through dance. This started as a little girl for me, 12 years old, making up dances in the carpark of my local dance school for my dance friends. Without music, dance and storytelling, life would be very boring.”