This week we were lucky enough to do an interview with past professional dancer and founder of Method X training facility, Rebecca Hall.
Originally from Brisbane, Rebecca moved to Sydney for full time dance training to pursue a career in dance. Rebecca received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and was a part of the Joffrey Ballet School touring company in 2010/2011.
Rebecca later returned home to Australia where she danced with Melbourne Ballet Theatre, then in 2013 joined Queensland’s Expressions Dance Company as a full-time ensemble dancer. In 2016 Rebecca resigned from the company to follow her lifelong dream of opening her own company/ facility – Method X.
Rebecca has obtained her A.R.A.D Certificate, Certificates 3 and 4 in Fitness Instruction and Personal Training, Certificate 4 in Massage Therapy and is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications while running Method X.
At what age did you start dancing?
At what age did decide to pursue dance as a career?
The very first concert I saw of a friend from primary school, I turned to my mum and said, “that’s what I want to do when I’m older!”
What were some of the sacrifices you made?
Family holidays, family & friend’s birthdays, social events, ‘fun’ food, relationships. However, I have always tried my hardest to find balance between dance and ‘normal’ life. Something I hold as a high value.
What are some of your highlights from your career in dance?
My two favourite performances were Expressions Dance Company’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ playing the character of envy, as well as ‘The Host’, when I played the party girl.
What’s the biggest challenge/ set back you’ve faced in your training or career?
I think for me, the biggest challenge has been accepting my body and trusting myself. Something I look at now with a much greater understanding and I am applying in my life everyday.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you had given your “younger self”?
In the end it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, trust yourself and your abilities. Love yourself and your family because that is who cares about you most.
What’s your breakfast of choice?
Poached eggs on toast or a yoghurt cup from my favourite café! (Café GIA).
Did you have a pre-performance ritual?
I have definitely refined my ritual in the last couple of years, I step through a breathing & core activation process, heat my body from the inside out (downward dogs, push ups, glute work etc) I’m also very particular about how my make up is set up & what products I use; I like to be ready as early as possible!
If you could give advice for aspiring younger dancers, what did you discover about the industry that you would want others to know about?
This industry is not forgiving, don’t burn bridges. Always keep a good rapport with people and remember that good manners and intelligence is always important in the studio. I think in particular, for today’s young aspiring dancers, we need to place more emphasis on passion and the love of the art. At the end of the day, dance is not a competition, it is about telling a story through movement and expression.
What is Method X and what inspired you to start it?
Method X is a strength & conditioning studio designed and specific to nurture young aspiring & professional dancers to reach their peak performance. Understanding my body became very important and integral to who I am after fracturing my back when I was 12yrs old. From this injury I formed a unique interest in injury prevention, strength for dancers and would always want to know more about my body’s limits. I believe a dancer is an athlete and it is important to educate and train our bodies in a holistic and functional way.
Method X isn’t just about physical strength. What else do you help young dancers with?
I believe the best dancers are the most well rounded people and never stop learning. I also assist with body maintenance (massage therapy), work with dancers to appreciate their unique physicality and support the mental barriers that can be associated with the dance industry. I also help to manage healthy eating habits and suggest ideas for diet to support the rigorous schedules.
How do you want Method X to influence the next generation of dancers?
I hope Method X can nurture & educate the importance of strength training for prevention and management of injury, peak performance and performance output. I know that Method X will help to shape healthy, well balanced, intelligent dancers & people, as well as instilling confidence and igniting passion.
What are your goals for the future of Method X?
I have too many goals to list here, but the ultimate goal, would be to reach every dancer in Australia and inspire and train them to become the best dancer & person they can possibly be.
What are your hobbies or interests outside of the dance and fitness world?
I love fashion, my boyfriend & I love holidaying at the beach, spending time with family & friends, bulldogs & travelling.
Who has been your biggest inspiration throughout your career?
My biggest inspiration has always been and will always be my mum! Without getting all ‘cliché’ she is the strongest, most loyal and determined woman that loves her family more than I can put into words. I am thankful for everything my parents have done for me and I could not have achieved my dreams without their support.