Jessica takes centre stage

Jessica was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy at 18-months-old, which affects the way she uses her arms, legs and muscles. But that doesn't stop her dancing!

Two ballet dancers with Jessica

For her seventh birthday Jessica wished to be a ballerina, and learnt some dance moves at the Australian Ballet Centre by scooting around on her trike instead of her usual wheelchair.

Anything is possible

Dressed in her very own tutu, pink leotard, ballet slippers and tiara in her favourite colour scheme of pink and black of course  Jessica had a special private dance lesson with soloists Valerie Tereshchenko and Nicola Curry. 

The ballerinas helped Jessica learn pirouettes from Princess Aurora in time with the piano while her family cheered on. Brother Angus had a role to play too, handing red roses to Princess Jessica as part of her dance. 

"Years down the track Jess will be able to say, 'remember that day when I was a ballerina?' And it will give her so much strength." - Jessica's mum.

Birthday ballerina

Jessica loved blowing out the candles on her surprise pink and black ballerina cake, and even got to take home some real ballerina slippers, which mum said will never come off!

The "best day of our lives" was capped off with a private backstage tour before watching that evening's ballet.

Jessica receiving ballet shoes for her birthday

Wish keeps giving

When Jessica rolled up to school the day after her wish all of her friends rushed up to her yelling ‘Jessica’ and she was a celebrity all over again. 

“To be a ballerina is Jessica’s biggest dream, and she still can’t believe that her wish came true. We can’t thank Make-A-Wish and their supporters enough." -  Jessica's mum

 

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