My natural ability came easy, but my confidence didn’t,” Tayla shares, “even though I was skinny, I didn’t feel the part and didn’t feel I had the right look and it’s taken a while for me to come into my own.
“One of my favourite quotes which has inspired me to keep going is from the movie Unbroken, ‘A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory’ … I do have the right to be here; I will make it to the top.” It’s already proving to be a busy year, with Tayla being invited to join the Queensland National Ballet, where she will spend 2016 dancing full time with world-renowned choreographers and teachers. “Hopefully in 2017 I’ll be in a company, whether that be Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet or Western Australian Ballet, to get experience in Australia,” she says. “My goal, by the time it’s 2018, I want to be international, I want to be in the Royal Ballet in London.” While that may sound like a fanciful hope, it’s not out of reach for Tayla, who has been coached by and given the golden stamp of approval from Claudia Dean, who recently retired from the Royal Ballet. Tayla Morrison “She is considered royalty to me, she’d been in the company for years. Here was this amazing soloist I looked up to telling me I could make it to where she was and that I have what it takes to get there. It boosted my confidence to believe in myself and keep working at it,” she says. And work hard she has. “She’s known to come home and do ice baths, soak her feet in ice cold water to reduce inflammation, she’s grated her feet and put methylated spirits all over them, it’s insane what they have to do,” Kim says. “But that’s the art of ballet, it looks so unbelievably easy and graceful and that’s why I get so emotional, I see how much work she puts into it and you see it on stage and go ‘Bravo!’ but that’s thousands of hours of work to get to that level.” As tiny dancers tiptoe into the room, ready for their class, it’s a mirroring moment of Tayla’s introduction to ballet as a child – how time flies!]]>