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ROSETTA COOK 49 // CO-DIRECTOR, 2BALLERINAS ADULT DANCE SCHOOL

This photo was taken in 1981 in Albury during the Queensland Ballet's tour of Carmen. I'm dancing the lead with Dale Johnston as Don Jose. Carmen was my first principal role and I was only 21. Two years before that, when auditioning for Queensland Ballet, director Harold Collins told me the company was planning to do Carmen and I dreamt of dancing the lead role.

I love this photo because it was taken for The Border Morning Mail, which was owned by my grandmother's family, the Motts. I had the opportunity to meet family I had never met and they came to see me perform.

The role of Carmen is easily my favourite — I danced it many times during my 12 years with the Queensland Ballet.

The desire to tell passionate stories through dance and drama is what drives me in all my creative pursuits, whether performing, choreographing or flimmaking. Now I'm writing and directing a tango-inspired film.

Carmen was a role I shared with my friend Michelle Giammichele, who is now my business partner at 2ballerinas Adult Dance School. The school is gearing up to produce my new film Three to Tango. To raise funds for the film, 2ballerinas is hosting a Dance Cabaret Night on Saturday, August 15. Michelle and I will be returning to the stage to perform as TuTu Fruti, along with other eclectic music and dance acts. We are really looking forward to it.

Lucy Brook

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