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Alice Topp
Alice Topp

When did you realise you wanted to make a career out of dance?
It wasn't until I was 13 and attending the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. It was a difficult year for me. I was living away from home in a hostel, away from all my friends and family who were in Bendigo. Later that year, I performed in a show and completely abandoned myself to the movement and music. I decided that everything I was feeling was worth it and that I would pursue dance as a career, whatever it took.

What are the differences, or similarities, between working with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and The Australian Ballet?
The difference of size took a while for me to get used to, with Royal New Zealand Ballet having only 32 dancers and The Australian Ballet having almost 70. It was a big adjustment but after a while, it just felt like I was moving from a small family to a large family!

Who has been your favourite choreographer to work with, and why?
That's a tough one! Working with Graeme Murphy has been highlight for me. I think his concepts and ideas are pure genius and I find him the most warm and beautiful person to work with.

Any embarrassing moments on stage? If so, tell!
My most memorable would have been in New Zealand when my partner and I got our headdresses caught during a performance of Coppelia. Luckily it was the end of the dance because we ended up having to shuffle off stage like Siamese twins because we couldn't detach ourselves!

July 2009



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