DEEP down, Caitlin Sewell-Dolphin has always known she was a dancer.
The 21 year old has been dancing since 2004, a year after one her friends started and three years after Pulsate Dance Force began.
“None of my family dance; they’re all into basketball, netball and football, but I fell in love with ballet straight away,” she said.
“I had my first solo in 2005 and bought my first point shoes in 2008 which was all very exciting.
“The former owner, Tanya Singh, was my first teacher and the current owner; Samantha Pulverenti is my teacher now and they’ve been incredible.
“There are so many things I love about ballet; the tutus and the point shoes for sure, but also the lifelong friendships I’ve made and teachers here have always been outstanding; I can’t fault them.
“It’s really family oriented here; it’s all about being included and learning and helping others.”
Although ballet is her favourite form of dance, Caitlin has also done lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and commercial.
The enthusiastic dancer is also a teacher at Pulsate and was recently accepted into the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies course.
“My teacher Tanya has been a member of the academy since Pulsate opened and doing the course is something I’ve been interested in for a few years now,” she said.
“It was really unexpected because it’s quite a hard course to get into and can sometimes take a couple of years to be accepted so I was shocked to be accepted in my first year.
“I just never had the guts to do it but with the guidance of Tanya and Samantha I decided this year I’d give it a shot and so, when I received the email, I cried, Mum cried and Samantha cried; it was great.”
Caitlin will be completing the course over two years by correspondence, as it is based in London, and doesn’t have any plans to leave Pulsate anytime soon.
“Hopefully the farthest I’ll have to travel is Melbourne,” she said.
“I love ballet and I love teaching it; it’s my passion and I discovered that here with my students who I love and the whole environment at Pulsate.
“The course is a worldwide recognised course so I could travel and have that accreditation and teach but I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.
“It’s always been dance; deep down I knew it was always dance, I did try to have a little break from it and see what else there was but my ultimate passion is dancing, I can’t help it.”