Ballet career is 'open sesame' to the world
LIFE is very busy at the moment for Jade Heusen. She is one of the talented dancers in the Birmingham Royal Ballet and performs all over the world.
But the 24-year-old would not change it for anything. She loves her job in one of the world's leading classical ballet companies and knows how lucky she is to have realised her dream.
She started dancing at Sidmouth Ballet School when she was a pupil at a primary school in Exmouth.
Her classical potential was soon spotted and she won a place on the Royal Ballet School Associate programme when she was just seven years old.
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She was part of the junior associates programme for three years and stayed at the school until she was 19. She started working with the BRB while she was a student and she has now spent four seasons with the company.
"It has been a great experience," she said. "I have had the opportunity to play lots of different roles in lots of different ballets. It is amazing.
"I enjoy everything about my job. There is great discipline but also great passion and expression in what I get to do. And I also travel all over this country and abroad. We do a foreign tour every year and I have been to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain and Germany. Our next tour is to America."
Because she is so busy, Jade gets little time to spend with her family in Sidmouth. But that will change when the BRB comes to the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from March 6 to March 9, with David Bintley's magical new version of the classic tale Aladdin.
Created for the National Ballet of Japan in 2008, the ballet begins with Aladdin's run-in with palace guards that leads the young tearaway into a whirlwind of adventure and romance, involving unbelievable riches, love at first sight, treachery and, of course, a magic lamp.
Jade plays Aladdin's mum in the show.
"It is a great ballet to be part of – and to watch," she said: "There is a lot of dancing and some great costumes. It is a real family show.
"Aladdin's mum is a comic role and I am really enjoying playing it. It is also great that I can do it in Plymouth.
"I get the chance to see my family. I feel like I am flying the flag for Devon and it is really nice to come home."
More details on 01752 267222 or online at www.theatreroyal.com/aladdin