I ‘learnt’ to dance at childhood dance classes yet I discovered what it truly felt like to dance at a 2 week Laban summer school when I was 19. The jigsaw pieces fell instantly into place and from then on dance was integrated fully into my life.
Just a few weeks later I embarked on their 3 year Dance Theatre course with eagerness and dedication, and was prepared to make no compromises!
So, many moons of dance later, and I remain eager and dedicated, having accepted that sometimes compromise can be helpful in enabling us to move forward.
Dance goes hand in hand with people, it is so exciting to work together in dance and see what emerges.
Having danced with people in so many varied contexts, outcomes have never been the same twice and that’s what inspires me.
Pondering on’ proudest moments’, I find it impossible to say as each dance class, workshop, project, moment, or chance interaction has value. If pressed however, when a young man experiencing acute anxiety during a student company performance came to the wings, to quite literally breath, calmed himself and then chose to re-enter the dance because ‘ he knew he could do it and didn’t want to let the group down’, that stays with me.
Moving forward, I see Vivre Dance Company as an opportunity to bring a collective wealth of experience to the dance studio along with an openness of spirit so that we may gleam from one another, continue to grow creatively and professorially, whilst feeling confident to perform and share our work.