Dancer Q and A: Janessa Dufty

Janessa Dufty grew up in Yamba and started dancing at the age of 5. She later studied at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence and the New Zealand School of Dance. Janessa joined Sydney Dance Company in 2009.

See her performing in Project Rameau at QPAC, Brisbane from 11-13 July 2013. Click here for further info and check out Janessa’s full bio here.

How did you first get into contemporary dance?
I started dancing when I was 5 years old and when I was 15 I received a scholarship to go to Queensland Dance School of Excellence. During my time there I was able to explore a range of dance styles. I then went on to study at New Zealand School of Dance which is where I really found my way with contemporary dance.

What is your favourite thing about Project Rameau and what is the most challenging thing about performing in the work?
I love performing in the trio to the music of Presto from Summer, The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. It’s really fast, includes lots of lifts and the music is great. I also love working alongside a live orchestra. The most challenging thing would have to be that you really have to be in tune with the musicians as well as with what you’re doing.

Who is your dancing hero?
Michael Jackson because he’s a smooth criminal.

What did you love most about your time spent studying in Queensland?
I came from a small town and when I moved to Queensland it was my first time away from home at such a young age. It was completely different to what I was used to and there were plenty of opportunities to explore. I was really hungry to learn and made some amazing friends who I’m still in touch with. I also experienced some great opportunities including the chance to dance with Queensland Ballet. I initially wanted to be a ballerina but my time in Queensland really opened my eyes to the other avenues I could take in dance.

What’s one thing most people wouldn’t know about you?
I’m really interested in Reiki healings. I’ve always liked working with energy which is why I’m a dancer and Reiki healings is just something that I’ve found really interesting to tap into.