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The British Dancer – Waiting For Broadway To Call

June 8, 2012

At 2 years old, my mum would play the ‘Bad’ Michael Jackson album on the LP player and I would frantically dance around the lounge like I had ants in my pants. She decided then to put me into ballet class every Saturday and I haven’t stopped dancing since!

Fast forwarding a few years, I graduated from Cambridge Performing Arts England (Bodywork) as a DADA scholarship recipient, achieving distiniction in my musical theatre national diploma and winning the award for ‘Musical Theatre Student of the Year’ after performing my favourite role of Peggy Sawyer in ’42nd Street’. Whilst still at college, I auditioned and booked the title role of ‘Snow White’ at the ‘Jumeirah Madinat Theatre’ in Dubai and so my combination of travel and career began.

In order to save up enough money to move to London, I worked as the Personal Assistant to the directors of an online designer fashion company in the city. I could have easily stayed there and started a new career as a buyer, filling my closets with Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace. However, when sat in the audience of a show at my old college, I cried. I cried because I was not fulfilled pushing papers and staring at a laptop screen, especially when compared to the rush I felt on stage. As Martha Graham said, “You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something wonderful has been lost”. I handed in my notice, my agent got me an audition and within 3 days i had booked a job as a dancer in the European Tour of the Dutch illusion show ‘Hans Klok and The Beauty Of Magic’ (my favourite contract to this day). I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.

I went on to join the cast of the ‘Spirit Of The Dance’ UK Tour before moving to the USA where I have performed regionally in theatres and casinos and on tour. I feel truly blessed that my career has taken me as far as Australia and I have done everything from musicals and magic shows to extra work and modeling. I have lived in 3 of the most prominent cities in the world (London, New York, LA) and , therefore, have many experiences to share while I figure out my route to Broadway!

I’m currently donning some geeks chic glasses as ‘Kate’ and a frizzy permed wig as ‘Chutney’ in ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ and will be touring Mexico with ‘The Illusionists’ later this year (I told you I end up in musicals and magic shows!)

We’re all just trying to, as Tim Gunn would say ‘make it work’ . The city is tough, this business is tougher and sometimes it’s nice to know that we’re not alone in our struggles to ‘live the dream’ or in reality, just survive! Enjoy.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2012 11:55 am

    Welcome, British Dancer! We’re so happy to have you here 🙂

  2. California Triple-Threat permalink
    June 8, 2012 12:42 pm

    Yay yay yay! So excited for a new blogger and a new LA dance friend!

  3. June 9, 2012 4:59 pm

    Welcome! Hopefully we’ll have a get together soon so we can talk all things London. I’m just eating from a box of Cadbury’s Heroes as I read this. 🙂

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