Principal dancer of the Joburg Ballet: Nicole Ferreira-Dill
This week we talk to Nicole Ferreira-Dill, principal dancer of the Joburg Ballet. She shares insights into this classical art-form through her personal experiences and journey to the pinnacle of her career. We discuss the dynamics of training to perfect performances, collaborating with a company comprising of dancers from different countries and cultures (South Africa, Australia, Cuba, Brazil etc…), channelling different energies onto the stage, developing mental stamina and physical strength. We recognise that ballet is a predominantly female profession, with ballerinas taking the lead role in performances, which contrasts to other mixed gender occupations, where men typically occupy the principal role. We discuss the importance of support structures during challenging periods and celebrating successes in pursuit of one’s dreams. Tune in for more….