Congratulations to Jade Charlton on receiving a Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation grant to assist with her fees at Queensland Ballet Pre Professional Year.
Jade was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age and her mother introduced her to dancing to give a focus and use her energy positively. Jade loved ballet and had a natural talent and with the assistance of her medication was soon receiving distinctions in ballet exams. She was accepted into the Australian Ballet School Interstate Training Program at aged eight in 2007 and continued on this program for until 2014.
Jade has much in common with Nicole having studied at Newtown Performing Arts High and then Sydney Distance Education as they followed their passion in dance. Both girls received distinctions in all RAD exams and performed Giselle in eisteddfods. Jade was bought up in Blacktown in a single parent home where her Mum, Deborah, worked hard and sacrificed time and money to give Jade the opportunity to dance. Jade worked at McDonalds to earn money, however, the travel to ballet classes on the North Shore and dancing six days a week, took its toll on her health. Jade was fortunate to win a Darcey Bussell scholarship to allow her to travel to London to compete in The RAD Genee Dance Challenge in 2015. Nicole also competed in thie prestigious Genee in 2005.
Jade was accepted into 2016 Queensland Ballet Pre Professional Year and was fortunate to receive an Energex scholarship that paid half her fees. Her Mum, devoted to giving her daughter every chance of following her passion, took on an extra job to pay off the outstanding amount however she was not sure if she could continue to make ends meet. This is what inspired her to reach out to Nicole’s Foundation, and was overwhelmed with happiness and relief when told we would pay would pay half the outstanding balance.
The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation are proud to announce Jade Charlton as our 22nd grant recipient and wish her every happiness for the future. Jade, we hope that Nicole continues to inspire you to continue to stay dedicated to your dreams and doing what you love. All the best!