5 September 2008
Jayne Smeulders Wins West Australian Dance Award
West Australian Ballet Leading Artist, Jayne Smeulders, has been awarded the West Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for her role in Alice (September 2007).
The 2008 West Australian Dance Awards (WADA's) were presented at the Ausdance WA Fabulous Cocktail Party on September 4, held at the University Club, University of Western Australia.
The WADA's recognise the achievements of the West Australian dance community, in the areas of performance, choreography, technology, service, teaching and community. Other winners on the night were Chrissie Parrot, for Metadance and Lucette Aldous for lifetime achievement in dance.
Smeulders has danced with West Australian Ballet for the last nine years and says she loves performing for West Australian audiences in her home town of Perth. Born in Dampier, she began her ballet training at Jody Marshall Dance Company and studied at the Graduate College of Dance, and the Hamburg Staatsoper GMBG Ballettschule in Germany. Before joining West Australian Ballet she performed for many years all over the world with Nederlands Dans Theater ii. She was promoted to Leading Artist early in 2008.