Graduate story: Lilliana Eneliko

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Trained: National College of Dance, Newcastle
Now: Trainee at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, San Francisco

What is the main overall lesson you learnt?

Photo by Justin Aveling
Photo by Justin Aveling

The main lesson I learnt over my full-time studies was the importance of attention to detail. NCD set me up perfectly to move on to more intricate training. I was taught strict technique and extreme precision, I felt like a canvas ready to be painted once graduating. I feel incredibly in my body and aware of my placement, which makes it easier to experiment and push myself in the repertoire I do now.

Did you learn anything unexpected about yourself through doing your full-time studies?

Unexpectedly I learnt more than I could ever describe. Not only did I find myself as an artist while at NCD but I found myself as a person as well. I learnt true patience and motivation. The mindset for training at this level is as important as the physicality; it was a great challenge. I learnt flexibility to balance emotions and social interaction when in practice and performance. It is learning to balance the frustration and grace every time. I found the coordination in myself and I’ve brought that into every aspect of my life.

What about overall life-lessons?

I took many major life lessons away from my full-time training. One of them being that self doubt is the biggest weakness. It’s important to be able to make choices confidently, and stick by them. Move with integrity.

Lilliana is just one of many graduates who tell their stories in the Full-Time Studies Guide in the current issue of Dance Australia (July/August/September). Print is for keeps! Buy your issue in your favourite newsagent or dance retailer or online here or here.

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