It’s not 9-5 but I love it!
Going to work can be a monotonous drag for most. Day in and day out doing the same thing, counting down the minutes until knock off. The opposite is true for 25-year-old dancer Hannah Stanton.
Hannah has had the amazing opportunity of dancing on Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor. She is a resident dancer for Timomatic, has danced for Ricky Martin on The Voice and the NRL grand final, and starred as a dancer in The Great Gatsby.
Newsroom: First, tell us, why do you dance?
Hannah: I dance because it makes me so proud. No one can ever take away the hard work I have put into my dancing and I think the determination and passion, the ups and downs have defined a huge part of who I am. It is my therapy when I’m angry or sad, a reminder to continually better myself but mostly, dancing gives me a high that no drug could ever give. Dancing is one of the most liberating, most amazing gifts anyone could ask for.
Newsroom: How did it all start?
Hannah: I have danced my whole life. My mum loved dancing and everything performing arts so I kind of was born into it. She also has a performing arts studio so it was hard to avoid. But she was never a stage mother. My passion came from me. I always enjoyed it but as I got older and better and began to have role models, the passion really took over.
Newsroom: What was your first big moment as a dancer?
Hannah: The first of everything was always a huge high. The first time I got picked for “the good group” in class, the first time I got put in the front for a routine, the first time I was booked for a gig, the first time I was represented by an agency. All these firsts were huge milestones for me. And there are many more to tick off.
Newsroom: What’s it like on stage, do you ever get nervous before preforming?
Hannah: If you don’t get nervous you won’t pull that extra 10 per cent out of the bag but there is a difference between being unprepared and just nervous energy. Being unprepared or not knowing the choreography that well is one of the most frustrating things to experience. You let yourself down ultimately. When you are on stage, it all happens so fast. You usually don’t feel that high until the moment is all over and then you can’t sleep and you’re on a high for the next 24 hours.
Newsroom: Favourite dance moment so far?
Hannah: When I was told I’d been selected for the Great Gatsby I cried. Then I was told to go directly to wardrobe where I got to try on all the amazing dresses from the movie. My heart is going 1000 miles an hour even thinking about the excitement I was containing in that dressing room. Another memory that sticks out was just before I went on stage for a Timomatic show. I have a huge amount of respect for Tim as a dancer and performer in general. He is one of the hardest workers in the industry and he pulled me aside before I went on stage and gave me a little speech about how impressed and happy he was with me and that he respected how hard I had worked and how good my attitude was. He said other things but I was so humbled by his words, it was so genuine and meant so much to me.
Newsroom: What have you learned off some of the people you have danced with, has anyone given you some great advice?
Hannah: The most respected people in the industry are not the ones with the coolest clothes or hair or whatever. The most respected ones are successful for a handful of reasons. They keep their head down, work hard and aren’t in competition with anyone but themselves but believe in themselves 100%. They have respect for their industry and the people in it and their hard work is what shows. Kelly Abbey who is basically the most respected woman in the industry once said “Do something creative every day” and that stuck with me.
– Interview by Rebecca Hopper
All photos from Hannah Stanton’s Facebook page.