The HotHouse Company recently touched base with 2017 All Saints’ College graduate, Lochie Walmsley, about his life as a dancer at the Adelaide College of the Arts.
“A typical day starts with Ballet and Contemporary technique classes, which have been very beneficial. With a variety of different teachers and styles of teaching, you are always kept on your toes,” Lochie commented.
“Next, we move to classes like double work and production where we work with the lovely Kialea-Nadine Williams from Australian Dance Theatre. It has been great to get a sense of what being part of dance company feels like as we make our first work for the year. And of course, I always find time for some breakdancing,” he said.
“There are also a few theory classes scattered in throughout the week, so we don’t get too fatigued. A mixture of Dance History, Music and Drama have provided me with greater insight into other areas of the Arts and their origins.”
“Although my Dance training in high school was very beneficial, nothing can prepare you for the intensity of tertiary Dance training. Basically, if you don’t feel completely exhausted by the end of the day, then you’re doing something wrong.”
“If you were to ask me what is the one thing needed above all else to succeed in Dance, my answer is simple: commitment.”