Name: Charlize Duck
Dance school: Expressions Ballet Academy
What does dance mean to you? I have been learning ballet since I was 3 years old. I never thought I would find so much passion in something as much as I do ballet and contemporary dance. Dance means I get to tell my story of life to others through artistic and emotive movement which I absolutely love. I am honoured to share this passion with you all as a Bloch Young Artist.
What inspired you to start dancing? I have always been dancing since I could walk!!! Starting ballet at such a young age has meant I have been inspired by so many wonderful dancers along the way who have taught me the importance of building on my passion through positivity and commitment. This includes from the Australian Ballet Company, other ballet and contemporary companies from around the world who have made it to the Principal dancer spotlight, and my very special teachers from my own ballet school.
What do you love about Bloch? Wearing Bloch makes me feel confident about bringing out the best in me in my dancing - whether it be leggings, leotards, tights or shoes, Bloch is absolutely my personal preference for superb dance performance.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe?What do you love about it? My favourite Bloch flat shoe is Bloch Performa - they are comfortable, easy to point your foot in, and make my arch look amazing! I also love Grace Pointe shoes as I feel very ‘lifted’ in them and they are not heavy on my feet.
Name: Jackson Smith-Leishman
Dance school: Amanda Bollinger
What does dance mean to you? Dance is everything to me. It’s my focus and what makes me truly happy. I love everything about dancing, I love music, my training, learning new skills, working with different people, choreography, making new friendships, performing on stage and I love the challenges of dance and perfecting my technique.
What inspired you to start dancing? I love music so it seemed natural to try dance and as it turned out I loved it and went from Hip Hop to Classical very quickly. I found something I love decided I wanted to pursue this as a career. My inspiration comes from my teachers because they have all had amazing professional careers. I believe behind every good dancer is a great teacher.
What do you love about Bloch? I love the range of dance gear at Bloch especially for boys, lots of other brands don’t have as much to choose from. Probably my favourite thing about Bloch is their shoes, they have so many different styles and I have tried other brands when I first started all genres, but they were never as good as Bloch to wear and perform in.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe?What do you love about it? I have two favourite types of Bloch shoes! My Bloch Pumps are amazing because I can sew them myself to best shape my foot. AND I also love my Bloch Dance Sneakers and wear them everywhere in and out of the studio as they support my arch and are super comfortable.
Name: Evangeline Beal-Attwood
Dance school: National College of Dance
What does dance mean to you? Dancing is everything to me. My whole life revolves around dance and it has always been my passion since I was 2 years of age. Dancing makes me feel extremely happy. Dance is a gift of art and allows me to express my feelings through movements. Dance takes dedication and hours of countless work, even when I feel I'm not good enough dance reminds me that no one is perfect.
What inspired you to start dancing? As a young child I always enjoyed music and dancing so my mother decided to put me into dancing not thinking that years on I would want to make a career out of it.
What do you love about Bloch? Bloch is such an amazing store! The range of apparel they have is incredible. All their products are great quality and the staff are always so helpful, welcoming and friendly.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? What do you love about it?My favourite Bloch shoe is the Grace pointe shoe because it is so comfortable to wear and is a very supportive shoe when on pointe. It is also very light weight so when I'm doing big jumps it makes very little noise.
Name: Holly Robinson
Dance school: Legacy Dance Company
What does dance mean to you? It’s something that I love so much as it lets me have fun with my friends, learn lots of new skills, perform in front of so many people and show them how amazing dance is and it allows me to travel to so many different places and do things I would never have done if I didn’t dance.
What inspired you to start dancing? My big sister Grace. I used to go and watch her dance and her concerts and wanted to grow up just like her.
What do you love about Bloch? I love that Bloch is so comfy and well-made and is always bringing out new leotards with different colours and designs for me to try.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? What do you love about it? - My jazz shoes as they just hug my feet and it feels like I don’t have shoes on at all and you can still see my pointe in them.
Name: Jade Allen
Dance school: Sydney College of Dance
What does dance mean to you? Dance has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love that it challenges your body and mind every performance and every class. There is always something to improve upon as you can continue to build your technique. Dance to me is a challenge I could not live without. Each small success brings me closer to my main goal of being a professional ballet dancer and choreographer.
What inspired you to start dancing? I started dance at a very young age so I don’t really remember what inspired me, other than I always wanted to move when I heard music and in order for me to dance I had to know how to walk first so I made sure to get that step out of the way quickly, I started walking at 9 months. My Nan was a ballet teacher and had me skipping before I knew it, dance lessons were the next logical step and I started at the age of three. I tried many styles and developed a passion for ballet I loved everything about it, the music, the discipline and technique. I continue to be motivated by her spirit and passion for dance, she’s been my biggest inspiration to this day.
What do you love about Bloch? I love Bloch’s range of dancewear as there is a variety of colours and patterns, there is always something new to try on and fall in love with whether it be an amazing leotard or warm-up gear. The staff are so supportive and always there to help.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? What do you love about it? My favourite Bloch shoe is the Eurostretch Pointe shoe because of how the stretch satin hugs my foot and the split sole defines my arch. I always feel confident and supported wearing my Bloch pointe shoes on stage.
Name: Tashi Goodrich
Dance school: Tanya Pearson Academy
What does dance mean to you? Dance to me is a way I can express myself through the beautiful movements of ballet without having to say anything. I also love how hard you have to work to achieve something and that amazing feeling when you do.
What inspired you to start dancing? When I was 3 my mum took me to watch the Australian ballet perform sleeping beauty and I was mesmerised by the beautiful ballerinas and wanted to be just like them.
What do you love about Bloch? I love how everything is such good quality and how there is such a wide variety of everything, and I can always find what I’m looking for when I go into a Bloch store.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? What do you love about it? My favourite Bloch shoe is the axiom pointe shoe. I love how it fits my feet and allows me to work well through my feet while giving a pretty line.
Name: Elin Burgess
Dance school: Prima Youth Classical Academy
What does dance mean to you? Dance means everything to me and I am so thankful that I am given the opportunity to dance every day. When I was younger, I would dress up in tutu’s and dance around my lounge room. Last year I asked my mum if I could attend a professional ballet school in the city because I wanted to dance and learn more. We eventually made the move to the city mid-year so that I could attend a ballet school and start to make my dreams come true.
What inspired you to start dancing? I know it sounds kind of silly, but the movies First Position and Ballerina really inspired me to dance. In Ballerina I wanted to learn how to do the Grande Jeté (still do) and watching The First Position I knew I wanted to dance and compete. I loved all the tutus, dances and bling and knew that one day this could be me.
What do you love about Bloch? I love everything about Bloch. I love the many different kind of leotards, shoes and I especially love standing in front of the pointe shoes, knowing that one day I will be wearing them. I can usually persuade my mum to buy me a ballerina pen, keychain, diary and even a ballerina necklace when we shop at Bloch. There are so many beautiful things to choose from.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? What do you love about it? My favourite Bloch Shoe is the Bloch Performa Stretch Canvas Shoe. The reason I love this shoe, is because my feet are so flexible, and I have a very high arch. This is the only shoe that actually stays on my feet when I dance.
Name: Ebony Rose Fredericks
Dance school: Brent Street
What does dance mean to you? Dance means so much to me, it is a part of who I am. I could not imagine my life without dance in it! Dance constantly pushes me to be a better version of myself artistically and physically - I can’t even do grocery shopping without dancing down the isles!
What inspired you to start dancing? I wanted to start acro classes when I was 7 years old, so I started learning acro at a dance school. I was totally in awe of how the older students danced and I just became obsessed with learning how to move like them.
What do you love about Bloch? I love how Bloch has such a great range of products to suit each individual dancer’s likes and needs.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? My favourite Bloch shoe is the Split Pro chorus shoe. I love how the shoe is able to move with your foot and you how you can still pointe your toes whilst wearing them to create better lines.
Name: Mia Zanardo
Dance school: Alegria
What does dance mean to you? Dance is hard work, discipline and dedication but so rewarding. I can't imagine doing anything else.
What inspired you to start dancing? I watched my mother teach classical ballet and I couldn't wait to join in!
What do you love about Bloch? I love that Bloch has absolutely everything that you may need or want as a dancer, for every genre. I love the quality and the choice.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? What do you love about it? I love my Performas and my Eurostretch pointe shoes - they are both instantly comfortable.
Name: Kenzie Bly-Andrews
Dance school: Atelier Australia
What does dance mean to you? For me dance means having the opportunity to discover what it means to express myself and follow in the footsteps of my ballet idols.
What inspired you to start dancing? Watching my cousins dance on the big stage when I was little was so exciting, and I remember always wanting to wear their tutu.
What do you love about Bloch? I think what I love most about Bloch is their never-ending support of dancers and how they encourage dancers to celebrate their unique abilities.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? My favourite Bloch shoe has been and will always be Heritage Pointe shoe. I love how quickly they seem to mould to my foot, they’re amazing!
Name: Harry Baker-Johnston
Dance school: Prima Youth Classical Academy
What does dance mean to you? Dance lets you express yourself and connect with an audience without words. It is the ultimate artistic expression for me. It is simply who I am.
What inspired you to start dancing? Movement to music. I have always had an overwhelming instinct to move and dance.
What do you love about Bloch? I love everything the Bloch brand represents - style, grace and class, whilst providing the highest quality dancewear to cover me from head to toe. I have total confidence that every product will perform for me and ensure I can perform at my best.
What is your favourite Bloch shoe? What do you love about it? A tie as I wear my two favourite pairs of shoes every day. The Bloch Performa stretch canvas ballet flats mould to my feet and are great to turn in. The Omnia lifestyle dance sneakers are great to get to and from class in as they are lightweight and let my feet breathe.