Amber Jinks has gone from swirling frozen yoghurts at Twisted’s Bondi Beach outlet store to Community Manager at Dance Academy East in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Amber started working at Dance Academy East when she was in year 10 at school, as an assistant and has worked her way up to working there full time. From studio manager to full time as the communication’s manager, Amber has utilised her passion for performing arts and gained strong connections with her students. Keep reading to find out what led Amber to her current role and how important being a good role model is in her line of work.

Tell us a little bit about your passion for the performing arts? Is this something you have been passionate about from a young age?

I was always a very loud and energetic child and would constantly put on living-room concerts at home and force my family to buy tickets and watch. As soon as I started school my parents put me into Drama.  I absolutely loved it and have continued with it ever since. I loved the confidence it gave me and the never ending stories you were able to tell. A little later in primary school Dance came into my life. I threw myself in, doing every class I could and it was the best feeling. When you dance you don’t have time to think about anything else but the music and the steps.  Those living room concerts had turned into real stage performances and I couldn’t get enough of the adrenaline rush and energy that comes with performing in front of an audience. A passion for the arts has become a huge part of my personality, allowed me to express myself and has significantly shaped who I am as a person today.

What was your dream job as a kid and why?

My dream job as a kid was to be a teacher. I would always line up all my toys and read books to them, make rolls for the class and then write down various things on my whiteboard.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

My favourite thing about working at Dance Academy East (DAE) is the strong connections I get to build with the students.  It’s an extremely rewarding job being able to watch the girls
improve and their confidence grow. Everyone has something amazing to offer
and I love ensuring every student leaves feeling their best. I take great pride in
supporting and encouraging the girls to reach their full potential. Every student
has individual goals and I feel lucky to be a part of the process by watching them
achieve what they have been working towards.

How important is it to you, to be a good role model to the children you teach?

It is extremely important to be a good role model. They inspire me to be the best version of myself and I always aim to uplift them and make a positive impact on their lives.

In the recent event’s of the pandemic, did you face any personal or work related challenges? If so, how did you overcome them?

The pandemic was hard on everyone. It was very strange to be suddenly isolated from family, friends and a sense of normality/ usual routine. With the restrictions there was a point where classes were suspended which was a challenge however it was also a great opportunity to reflect. It made me look at things from a different perspective and it became clear to me how much joy dance and my job brings into my life. It also made me appreciate all the little things in life that make me happy.

What #girlboss inspires you and why?

Zoe Foster Blake inspires me with the zest and flair she puts into everything. I love her Go-To products. I think they are amazing!! I think she is also such a talented and clever writer.

When you aren’t in the studio teaching, what are you most likely doing?

I am religiously at the beach in my spare time. I am a big believer in the power of the ocean. Nothing beats a morning swim and a coffee.

Do you have any goals for 2021? (big or small)

Well the big goal (whenever that becomes possible) is to go to New York. Other than that is to do the things that make me happy and feel good about myself like going to more dance classes.

Why did you choose to take part in our awesome Twisted Sista Campaign?

My first ever job was at Twisted when I was 14. I learnt a lot and made life-long friends. I love that there is an all female management team and I love how empowering the Twisted Sista Campaign is.

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