Dancer’s genes a perfect fit

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on June 7, 2020

NATURAL rhythm is in Denmarkian Annette Carmichael’s blood and it showed from an early age, pre-empting her successful adult career.

Carmichael was just six-years-old when she first begged her mother to let her join a ballet class she’d seen advertised at the shopping centre.

She remembers her parents were always the last to leave the dance floor at parties and thinks dance is in her DNA.

“I always wanted to be a dancer and I trained really hard, up to 25 hours a week whilst also going to school,” Carmichael said.

“When I was 18 I lost hope that I could do it and tried to give up for a while.
“But dance just kept calling me back.”

The call was from London where Carmichael learned contemporary dance, expanding her horizons beyond her classical training.

“There was so much amazing contemporary dance happening, I just couldn’t help myself,” she said.

“I remember racing between dance classes, trying to learn as much as I could from the brilliant choreographers that were teaching at that time.”

She quickly developed and expanded both her dancing and choreography skills and now has her own company that focuses on bringing projects to life with community members, rather than just professionals.

Carmichael finds both dance and choreography equally rewarding.

“When I’m performing, I am intensely living in that moment,” she said.

“There is no room for distraction, it’s mindfulness at its most extreme.

“Choreography is more intellectual and so much about communication. My approach to choreography uses mathematics and patterns, which is then layered with emotion and intent.

“It’s incredibly rewarding when two years later I am sitting in an audience watching it all come to life.”

Carmichael’s latest achievement is the one she is most proud of – The Beauty Index trilogy.

The three original dance works – The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red and Chorus – were performed by people from across southern WA and included hundreds of community dancers.

Carmichael said with livestreaming projects, COVID-19 restrictions meant she reached more people than would have performing in a theatre.