Four Fresh Faces for Capezio Australia
- March 14, 2016
- by By Grace Gassin of Dance Informa.
It’s official. The 2016 Faces of Capezio are Alison King (Senior), Annabelle Watt (Teen), Ebony Rose Fredericks (Junior) and Leyla-Princess Guldur (Petite). Congratulations, girls!
All four were performance entrants in DanceLife Unite, an Australia-wide dance competition with a significant online component. Those who opted to enter the Capezio modelling contest were asked to send in headshots and professional photos from which the finalists were chosen. The lucky finalists were then invited to Nationals in September 2015 to learn a catwalk routine from professional models, gain some modelling tips and compete in person for the major prizes. The winners will be featured in national advertising campaigns for the next 12 months.
Alison King, 16, who won the Seniors section, feels that the experience has offered her a chance for growth both as a person and as a dancer. “The most difficult thing, I think, that dancers my age struggle with is knowing whether or not you know you’ve got what it takes to make it in this industry and, related to this, deciding whether to pursue full-time dance studies, complete your school education or try and juggle both,” King says. “In the end, you have to do what is best for yourself. Don’t just do full-time dance just because all your friends are.”
“This opportunity has helped me build my confidence,” King adds. “Twelve months ago, I didn’t even think of entering the model competition, as I didn’t think I would have any chance, but you just have to put yourself out there because you never know where it can lead you.”
Beyond this, “One of the biggest hurdles that dancers face in the studio is getting noticed outside the studio,” Teen winner Annabelle Watt shares. “There are so many amazing dancers out there who are working hard but can’t get the exposure they deserve. I believe this opportunity will give me lots of exposure within the dance world and perhaps show other dancers that there are opportunities like Dancelife Unite Face of Capezio that can help them in their dance journey.”
Showing a maturity that belies her age, 13-year-old Ebony Rose Fredericks, winner in the Junior division, hopes to use her new platform to promote safe dance practices. “The biggest challenge in dance, I think, is to keep your body safe and supported so that you can avoid getting injured,” she says. “I’d like to help other dancers understand that by buying quality products, especially shoes, you can help to prevent unnecessary injuries, which means that you can dance better and longer. I certainly hope that I’ll be able dance for the rest of my life without any pain!”
Of course, a major perk of being a Capezio Ambassador is the free dancewear. Naturally, as aspiring dancers, all the girls already own several Capezio products.
“I find myself wearing leotards more than normal clothing!” jokes Watt, whose ultimate dream is to be a professional ballet dancer. “I have a cupboard full of Capezio leotards for ballet class. As a dancer who spends a lot of time in the studio, I really love my Tiffany pointe shoes, as they really work my feet but at the same time feel very comfortable.”
King’s go-to items are her split-sole canvas ballet slippers and the Ruched Lace Leotard from the current Capezio range. “It’s one of the most comfortable leotards ever!” she says.
“The thing I love most about Capezio is that all their products not only look amazing but are made from the highest quality materials,” says Fredericks. “I use their ballet, tap, jazz and half ballet shoes, and I also love wearing their dancewear. My favourite product from Capezio is their half ballets, which I use to dance my lyrical and contemporary routines.”
Petite winner Leyla-Princess Guldur considers Capezio dance shoes to be “the best in the market”, and she should know. Although just nine years old, this driven dancer finds herself in class at least18 hours per week and still considers her greatest struggle to be finding enough hours in the week to dance. “Competing against so many really talented kids out there, I know I need to put in lots of hours to keep up with the talent and keep moving forward,” she shares.
Guldur began dancing at just two years old at All Starz Performing Arts Studio in Peakhurst but stopped going soon after, as “I cried a lot because I was very shy!” she explains. Dancing at home in the lounge and watching her older sister, Jeyda, dance, Guldur begged her mum to take her back. At age six, the hassling finally worked, and she hasn’t looked back since, jumping straight into all styles of dance, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, musical theatre, performing in troupes and taking private dance and singing lessons.
“It means the world to me,” Guldur says of her win. “I have always wanted to be an ambassador and model for Capezio but never thought it would happen to me, and especially so young!”
All four dancers cherish hopes of one day dancing professionally and consider their new roles as Capezio Ambassadors a stepping stone in pursuing their passion in another capacity. They will enjoy their first photo shoot with dance photographer Damian Tierney later this month, finally putting those modelling tips into practice.