Dee Rawlins

Dee Rawlins

Podiatrist Dee Rawlins thought her dance performance days were over before she joined the Move Through Life Performing Company.  Her favourite thing about being in the company is being in the presence of a group of beautiful, diverse dancers and all around awesome humans.

She loves sharing the joy dance brings her and those around her, because it makes her soul sing.

Find out more about Dee – happy, quirky, funny – by reading her answers to our Q&A below.

Tell us about your early dance journey?  Where did you start and what did you do as a child?

Started at 5 years old in ballet at my school hall. Then quickly progressed to jazz and tap as well.

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What is your earliest memory of dance?

My first performance in a cute little red tutu.

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Where have you trained and who were your teachers as a dancer?

Early years were at Dowse Dance Academy with Lorraine Dowse. Then moved to Millicent and trained at the Maryke Dance Academy with Maxine Lockwood. Later in life I did some training at ACPA with Kim Grant-Taylor and Sara Jones. Now I’m training and performing with the MTL Dance Studio and Company with Jo McDonald

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What have been some standout moments/achievements you’ve had with dance?

Multiple awards at dance competitions in my earlier years. Cheerleading for SANFL. Loved every moment. Dancing on the Grand Prix Track for the Bicentennial. Recently getting back into pointe shoes and being accepted into the MTL Performance Company at age 47.

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Have you performed in a Fringe show before? If so, tell us about it

No and I never thought I would! So blessed to have this opportunity.

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What is your favourite thing about dance?

Sharing the joy it brings to me and those around me. It makes my soul sing.

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What is your favourite thing about performing?

The shared energy of excitement and anticipation backstage and the shared exhilaration at the end.

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What dance styles are you most drawn to?

Ballet, Broadway jazz, tap and beginning to love contemporary.

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What do you prefer – class, rehearsal, or performance, and why?

All of it! Class because I can practice technique and learn new content. Rehearsal because I love being a part of a creative process and witnessing the joy around me and within me. Performance because of the adrenalin rush and sense of achievement.

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What are your top three favourite dance movies?

Chorus Line, Bootmen, Centre Stage

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Who are some of your favourite dancers or choreographers?

Fred Astaire, Adam Garcia, Jennifer Lopez, Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn

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What for you is the most challenging and most rewarding aspect of dance?

Challenging is coming to terms with the fact that, as an older dancer, there are some limitations but my mind is wanting to do it all. I find it really rewarding when I move I am finding difficult “clicks”

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What training or practice do you do at home?

Very little due to lack of space. I’m moving house soon and the priority for me was having a dance space. I cannot wait to set it up with my portable dance barre and be able to practice the more challenging moves.

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What are your dance goals, dreams, or aspirations?

To be able to dance in some form for as long as I am able. Recently I have been interested in exploring choreography which is not something I ever thought I’d want to do.

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How many times a week do you dance? And what are they (eg class, rehearsals, where, with who?)

I take ballet, contemporary and jazz class at MTL dance studio in Glengowrie and Seacliff with Jo McDonald 4-5 classes a week. Rehearsal for the MTL Performance Company Fringe show for 2 hours a week.

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Who inspires you (they can be dance or not dance related)

My brilliant parents. They inspire me to be a great mum. The elderly. I have the privilege of working with them every day and they all inspire for many different reasons, to live my best life. Jo McDonald. I love what she is doing for adult dancers here in Adelaide and she inspires me to be the best dancer I can be.

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What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (again, it doesn’t have to be dance-related)

If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. Thanks dad x

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What keeps you motivated when you are tired, discouraged, or down?

My gorgeous boys. They have the most beautiful hearts.

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Why did you decide to audition for the MTL Performing Company?

I was excited about the idea of performing in a show again as I thought those days were over and I wanted to see if I could do it.

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How did you hear about Move Through Life?

I stalked them on social media.

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What is your favourite thing about being part of the MTL Performing Company?

Without a doubt, being in the presence of a group of beautiful, diverse dancers and all around awesome humans.

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What hobbies do you have outside of dance?

Drawing. Looking for bargains and interesting pieces at second hand stores. Watching documentaries. Researching podiatry treatment modalities for dancers

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What is your ‘day job’?

Podiatrist

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Describe your personality in three (or so) words

Happy, quirky, funny