Hello and a huge welcome to my blog and I hope that it can be of use to all of you keen dancers; beginners and advanced.
My belief is that your happiness and wellbeing is crucial in fulfilling your dream of dancing, whether that be mentally or physically. This blog is intended to help you as a dancer, whether that be dance students who wish to pursue a career in the industry, professional dancers or adult dancers who love to dance and want to learn more! It aims to give tips and tricks from experiences, the latest research and different ways of thinking.
I am a dancer, who has pursued dance my whole life, I have evolved from eternal ‘bun head’ to serious contemporary dancer to a full time freelancer. I love my job and I feel extremely fortunate that I can dance everyday and teach others to do so. I have experienced the joys and difficulties of being a dancer and often feel that our mental wellbeing is often not addressed to help our confidence or motivation.
I trained at Laban when I was 18, after initially a serious ballet interest and training as a child. It was a school that opened up my creativity, challenged me greatly and gave me an insight into the arts and life generally. Moving to London after living in a quaint village was a slight shock to the system and it took me time to settle into London living and to cope with the intensity and demands of professional training. In many ways I wish I could go back and train again now at the age of 35 and apply what I know now as a dancer, artist and slightly more experienced person!
Since then I have gained a Certificate in Education and an MA in Dance Performance from Chichester University. During that time I was part of MAPdance Company and toured the UK, performing work by internationally renowned choreographers; Shobana Jeyasing, Matthias Sperling, Colin Poole, Keira Martin and Gregory Maqoma. This was one of my favourite, inspirational and life changing experiences and allowed me to develop enormously as an artist and person too. It gave me the confidence to create my own company, Replica Dance Company with my good friend Thomas Pickard and we ran the performance and education company for 3 years. We were fortunate to be mentored by Etta Murfitt (Matthew Bourne’s Associate Director) and she is someone I am a huge fan of. I mainly teach ballet and contemporary dance technique at Bath Spa University to undergraduate and masters students and adult dancers at Bath University, in central Bath and Frome. I also work for Bath Dance, helping to bring dance opportunities to the Bath area and enriching the dance community with opportunities, performances and guest artists.
In the past, I have been commissioned to create dance pieces for educational touring companies, youth companies or to lead creative dance projects. I have taught dance to ages 3-65 years in schools, colleges, universities, specialist dance schools, in adult educational settings and in the community. Additionally I have led indoor and outdoor site-specific projects, choreographed outdoor festivals, Operas, created dance films, been employed as a rehearsal director and worked with a range of abilities; from the gifted and talented to participants with a disability. Many of my students have progressed onto vocational schools, such as Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, The Place, Bird College, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Ballet West, Arts Educational and many more.
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