Julia Doherty

I’ve always loved performing and my first stage show was Annie when I was 6 years old. Ballet came to me later though. I wasn’t really fond of taking classes and they had to force me to go. I usually had a horrible attitude in the studio and it was difficult for me to be coached by my mother. As grew old, I realised that the corrections my mother made in my performances were not personal and I understood that I was at a studio and not at home. It took me some time to adjust, but then I finally did and enjoyed learning.

I’m more mature now and I know that I cannot have a foul temper every time I go to class. I’ve learnt that people will always try to impose their opinions on you or try to criticise you for everything that you do. It is important to take it as constructive criticism because that will help you down the road. This has changed the equation with my mother too. I practice with her when I go home and it’s definitely different from what it used to be when I was younger.

Unlike several other children, I wasn’t keen on learning any sport because I felt that I was too soft to handle something so aggressive like football. Despite my resistance, my parents asked me to stick with it and I’m glad they did because I love it now. I got a glimpse into the world of strict ballet when I was 9 years old.

I got into the finals and even though I was so young, I was inspired by all the professionals and I think that’s what really got me interested. Ballet became addictive and after putting in so much effort, it feels rewarding to see the results. “I think that my work is far from over. There’s so much more that I’d like to learn. I’d like to be able to hone my skills and perform without any hesitation- that I think comes from experience.