Jennifer Attrill & Winsome
Barker (nee Attrill) gave me more as a student than I think she gave anyone
else. I am proud to say this. She nurtured me. She didn't wipe my tears and
dust me off... that was my job. She trained me she pushed me, even when I
didn't want to be pushed. She took pride in my achievements and never allowed
me to be discouraged by my disappointments.
At school I was ridiculed for
being a dancer but Jenny gave me the strength and courage to persevere. She
helped me find the will and the want to survive and succeed.
As time grew on, I was accepted
into the National Theatre Ballet School under the strict and loving hand of
Beverley Jane Fry. The days were long and painful but worth it. Though this new
found discipline from the National Theatre gave me a new drive, nothing gave me
greater pleasure than coming back to Sydney to do class at Castleraegh, at home
during my school holidays I would come back to Sydney and Jenny would give me
her free time, her school holidays, to train me and keep me fit.
I eventually graduated from the
National Theatre Ballet School and made my way around the world. On my
holidays, I would return home and class was always waiting for me. Jennifer
would work me hard and I always left dripping in sweat and feeling alive.
As a professional now, I have always been able to lean on the Castleraegh
School of Performing Arts. Not just for class but for the facilities. The use
of the studios and Winsome's gob-smacking array of costumes have been a
wonderful source for quite a few of my shows over the years. To this day I
still call upon favours from the school because I know they are always happy to
help. Always willing to give to the dance community and contribute.
The Caslteraegh school of Dance
has produced some fine artists over the years. We have all moved on to some
wonderful things in life. But I always know I have a home to come back
Thank you, Jenny & Winsome. I couldn't have made it without you