Dancing has been my passion since I was four years old – I honestly can’t imagine life without it! As a child it kept me focused and entertained, as a teenager it kept me out of trouble and as an adult it has kept me sane!
The Early Years
I was an energetic child, and fortunate enough to attend dance classes every night of the week. And those classes set the foundations for everything that followed.
It was like a parallel life where I was able to compete and succeed, or perform and be appreciated; and all that hard work paid off. My teacher was incredibly inspiring and I wanted to be just like her when I grew up – always the sign of a brilliant teacher.
The College Years
At 16, I auditioned for professional colleges to train for a career in dance. I was full of enthusiasm and had no fear of leaving home so young as I was hungry to dive headfirst into the big, exciting world out there.
I spent the next three years at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts where I was blessed with absolutely amazing tuition. The standard of teaching was through the roof and you could not fail to be impressed and inspired.
Each teacher has an image that was all their own, making you want to strive to be a better version of yourself. Their knowledge was your fuel. You wanted to impress them, so the blisters rubbing, the sweat dripping and the throbbing muscles were secondary to the task of becoming the best dancer you could possible be. These teachers influenced and shaped my personality, career and future.
Beginning My Career
My career after college was a fabulously exciting roller coaster of different jobs, opportunities and experiences.
I began by joining a ballet company, followed by a dipping a (pointed) toe into modeling, TV commercials and even a cruise. I travelled to Morocco to film Oliver Stone’s ‘Alexander the Great’ and Germany, with Kevin Spacey’s movie ‘Beyond The Sea’ – both experiences that I will never ever forget.
The call of the stage lights was strong, though, and I danced at the London Palladium in ‘Saturday Night Fever’, ‘Taballuga and Lily’ in Germany and ‘The Lion King’ at The Lyceum. It was here that I become the Dance Captain, leading company class, and where I discovered how much I loved creating and choreographing. The seeds of an idea had been sown and my passion for teaching began to blossom and grow.
Losing My Heart to Dublin and Dance
My heart then took me to Dublin where I not only enjoyed a fantastic social life but also explored teaching different age groups, abilities, styles and circumstances.
My newfound passion for creating routines saw me choreographing everything from the TV productions of ‘Rock Rivals’ and ‘You’re A Star’, to professional pantomimes and wedding dances. I was also taking company class for Ballet Ireland and teaching students from 6 to 56! (afirming my belief that you’re never too young, or old, to dance).
Being in the studio, perfecting routines and being inventive, made me so happy. But inside I longed for my own dancing school and I knew it was now time to get serious!
Opening My Dream Dance Studio
In 2013, I got to realize my dream – and opened DancePro Academy. Starting my own studio has been, without a doubt, the best thing I have ever done. I’ve laughed so hard, learnt so much and have been challenged beyond belief. Every day is now an adventure and I cannot begin to explain how happy it makes me to teach the classes and to see so many enthusiastic, smiling faces.
As my teachers did for me, I’m now influencing, shaping and hopefully creating fond childhood memories that they’ll recall when they start their own careers in dance.
Passing on that passion for dance, choreography and performance is the best gift I can imagine receiving.
DancePro Academy has now been open for 5 years and within that time my ambitions have grown even more. I have now opened DancePro Agency with the lovely Karen and I am also on the ballet faculty at Performers College in Essex, teaching students training for a professional career. I also decided to challenge myself and take my Fellowship exam which I successfully passed in November 2018. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!