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Evie Ferris

Evie Ferris
Ferris in 2022
Background information
Born (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 27)
Cairns, Australia
Occupation(s)Ballerina, singer, dancer
Years active2007–present
Member ofThe Wiggles

Evie Ferris (born 18 February 1997)[1] is an Australian ballerina and member of children's band The Wiggles.[2][3]

Early life

Ferris was born in Cairns, Australia,[4] and attended St Andrews Catholic College until year 7.[5] She began dance and performing arts classes at the age of four. By 2007 she had a supporting role in The Australian Ballet's production of Don Quixote.[6]

Early career

Ferris was one of eight dancers to earn a role after auditioning with 150 other young dancers,[7] and she was a puppet in the story in the Man of La Mancha.[8] In 2010, at the age of twelve, she moved to Melbourne to join the Australian Ballet School.[9] She toured with the school's Dancer's Company in 2014 and 2015 and undertook a student exchange to Canada in 2015. In 2015 she was selected to join The Australian Ballet,[10] where she was the second indigenous ballerina after Ella Havelka.[11]

The Wiggles

In 2021, Ferris was selected to join The Wiggles as part of its expanded line-up. She appeared as the second Blue Wiggle originally but has changed to be a Yellow Wiggle. As a Taribelang and Djabugay woman, she is the first Indigenous Australian to be a member of the group.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ "Blue Wiggle Evie Ferris's chance encounter at the Opera House leads to 'pretty cool things' - ABC News".
  2. ^ Sexton-McGrath, Kristy (25 August 2021). "Blue Wiggle Evie Ferris's chance encounter at the Opera House leads to 'pretty cool things'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 January 2022.
  3. ^ Digital Staff (23 August 2021). "The Wiggles team expands to include four new members as well as three new characters ahead of online exclusive". 7news.com.au. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  4. ^ Nicola, Andreas (27 August 2021). "New Blue Wiggle Evie Ferris on growing up in Cairns". The Cairns Post (Online); Cairns [Cairns]. – via ProQuest.
  5. ^ Bowling, Mark (23 August 2021). "Catholic college hails new blue Wiggle". The Catholic Leader. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Evie s dream dance debut". The Cairns Post; Cairns, Qld. [Cairns, Qld]. 28 November 2006. p. 1 – via ProQuest.
  7. ^ "Dreams come true for young talent". The Cairns Post; Cairns, Qld. [Cairns, Qld]. 1 February 2007. p. 9 – via ProQuest.
  8. ^ "Tiny dancer has grand ambition". The Cairns Post; Cairns, Qld. [Cairns, Qld]. 24 March 2007. p. 3.
  9. ^ "Dance skills pointe to ballet school success". The Cairns Post; Cairns, Qld. [Cairns, Qld]. 12 August 2009. p. 3 – via ProQuest.
  10. ^ "MEET CORPS DE BALLET DANCER EVIE FERRIS". Australian Ballet. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  11. ^ Akerman, Tessa (27 August 2016). "Role model as crucial as roles for Evie's dream". Weekend Australian; Canberra, A.C.T. [Canberra, A.C.T]. p. 3 – via ProQuest.
  12. ^ Knowles, Rachael (25 August 2021). "Taribelang and Djiabugay woman Evie Ferris becomes first Aboriginal Wiggle". National Indigenous Times. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  13. ^ Sexton-McGrath, Kristy (24 August 2021). "How First Nations woman Evie Ferris's chance encounter led to her becoming the latest 'Blue Wiggle'". ABC News. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
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