In the Spotlight – Dancing

Lynne – Contributer

A bit of background about yourself

Dancing has been a part of my life since I was 3 years old. It all started when my mum took me to a local dance school. I fell in love with it! With the music, performing, theatre, the stage, the costumes! At first I took lessons in ballet, tap, modern and Scottish Country dance then I went on to study jazz and Classical Greek as well. By the time I was about 10 I was dancing every evening after school, managing to fit my homework in somehow?! I just loved to dance. My Mum was never ever pushy, always very encouraging and supportive.

What are you writing about?

At 18 I then went onto to study full time at London Studio Centre where I gained a first class BA hons degree in theatre dance and my teaching qualifications. I had an amazing three years there. It was wonderful studying a subject that was your hobby as a child.

Performing is a very tough Industry. You have to be strong minded, physically fit, determined, prepared for disappointment and constant hard work!

What inspired you to take on your activity?

My inspiration was my Mum of course and various dance teachers, who were just amazingly supportive, encouraging and working you hard. I watched them teach and choreograph, and aspired to be as good as them and hoping all the time to have a career that was exciting and successful as theirs.

I have been extremely lucky in achieving  most of my goals and dreams during my career as a performer. I absolutely loved the buzz and thrill of performing on stage.

I travelled the world with Princess Cruises as a dancer/dance captain for their production shows. I performed in the West End in show ‘The Producers’, toured the UK, performed in cabaret, hair and trade shows as well as TV work. As a teacher/choreographer I’ve been tap coach for Billy Elliot (West End), taught at various vocational colleges and choreographed many musicals and showcases.

Now I am in charge of the Dance course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where I teach and choreograph.  I also teach for Stage Coach Wimbledon. Choreography is a true passion of mine. To be inspired by music and to tell a story through dance is magical.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting out?

My advice to anyone who wants to start to dance, it’s never too late. If you enjoy something then embrace it and go for it. Music can inspire and motivate you. There are so many styles of dance so try as many as you want and you will soon see what style, technique you will enjoy the most. From Ballet to tap, from Salsa to Waltz. There is so much out there.

There are many of clubs/classes available if you check out your local areas. Try these classes out. Your teacher is one of the most important attributes, so make sure you have one that you feel comfortable with and if you don’t want to dance alone try Ballroom, Ceroc or Salsa.

To dance is wonderful, not only does it keep you fit, it keeps you mentally fit and young too.

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