Ballerina Opens Boys’ Eyes to Varied Benefits of Dance
Boys from 3GH probably never dreamt that ballet and football could have something in common - until they met former professional dancer Jamelia Gubgub during a recent Cultural Studies class.
Ms Gubgub, who was a member of the West Australian Ballet and performed internationally with touring arena show Disney on Parade, coached Perth Football Club players on ballet technique during the ‘70s.
Ms Gubgub, mother of Jacob Wallace (Year 12), Samuel Wallace (2005) and the wife of old boy David Wallace (1972), explained the techniques used in ballet, including stretching, kicking, jumping, pointing and quick footwork, also had benefits for athletes. She said she would like to think that her coaching had played a part in the club’s three premiership wins during that time.
She also shared stories from her time in Disney on Parade, as part of the Snow White scene, and had brought along photographs from the show as well as costumes and ballet shoes for the boys to try on. She led the boys in some pointing and stretching exercises with some really looking the part, dressed in Ms Gubgub’s tutus.
Her visit brought back some wonderful memories for Cultural Studies teacher Angela Perry, who danced with Ms Gubgub in the Perth International Arts Festival and in the opera King Arthur. “We had a lovely afternoon,” Ms Perry said. “I am always looking for artistic parents to come and share their experiences with the boys.”